Molasses Cookies From the Silver Palate

February  7, 2020
6 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

The dough is also exceedingly quick to make (you could be eating one 30 minutes from now), and they bake up flat and chewy, which means they’re the perfect ice cream sandwich cookie.

Reprinted with permission from Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore, copyright © 2015. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2015 by James Ransom. —Genius Recipes

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Makes 24 very large flat cookies
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks/170g) sweet butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups (220g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Melt butter, add sugar and molasses, and mix thoroughly. Lightly beat egg and add to butter mixture; blend well.
  3. Sift flour with spices, salt, and baking soda, and add to first mixture; mix. Batter will be wet.
  4. Lay a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet. Drop tablespoons of cookie batter on foil, leaving 3 inches (7.5cm) between the cookies. These will spread during the baking.
  5. Bake until cookies start to darken, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven while still soft. Let cool on foil.

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12 Reviews

shamika March 16, 2021
My cookies came out super FLAT, not at all like the photo. The recipe calls for melted butter but I wonder if you are supposed to refrigerate the dough or not completely melt the butter? I followed the recipe exactly. Tasted great, just wished they weren't so thin and flat.
Taylor S. December 24, 2020
I was excited for these but unfortunately mine did not come out well - spread too much and the texture just wasn't my favorite :( They tasted amazing however, buttery and spicy
bhilz November 8, 2020
I loved this recipe! I couldn’t find my ground ginger so I added finely chopped crystallized ginger instead and it was a huge hit!
celiaruthless October 22, 2020
Been making this recipe since the 90s. I usually add golden raisins and bake in a 10x15" sheet pan to make bar cookies. Always a huge, huge hit.
Emilie April 12, 2020
Have made these cookies twice now and loved both times. Have even had a few people tell me they liked them more than chocolate chip cookies!
MBE March 21, 2020
Excellent! I'm not even a big fan of molasses or soft cookies but these are addictive! Can't wait until I can turn them into ice cream sandwiches!
James F. February 19, 2020
Mine came out BLACK and flat. They tasted great, but even as raw dough, they were almost black. I was using backstrap molasses. Is there a different type I should be using? Also, should the butter mixture cool before adding the egg?
Mh March 23, 2020
Your issue was definitely due to using blackstrap molasses. If you try again, use regular molasses (not blackstrap).
gandalf April 18, 2020
Regular molasses is also known as unsulphured molasses.

When I made these cookies this morning, I added the beaten egg to the melted butter, sugar, and molasses mixture right away; it turned out fine.

I also used 1/2 tsp. of cardamom instead of the cinnamon, which I didn't have; the cookies turned out well, I thought.
Fatma Y. February 11, 2020
Is sweet butter just unsalted butter, or is it actually sweetened?
Emily February 14, 2020
Just means unsalted.
lizb February 8, 2020
I just want to say how pleased I am to see this recipe on the site! It is genius. And while I love these just as they are, they do make an absolutely perfect ice cream sandwich. I bake them in a muffin tin to make then all exactly the same size and they are always a big surprise and a big hit at a dinner party. I love, love, love these cookies!