Soft Molasses Cookies

These molasses cookies are amazing and one of my family’s favourite. The recipe (below) was in an old high school cookbook at my parents’ place, dated 1984 and I had to email it to myself to make when I got back to Toronto.

These cookies are soft, moist, delicious and super easy to make.  My hand-mixer recently broke, but these are just as easy to make with a bowl and wooden spoon.

Be sure to beat the egg before adding it to the sugar/margarine/molasses mixture, as previous experience has taught me that this makes a huge difference in the texture of the cookies.

My arm was pretty tired, so I think I need a new mixer.

The recipe says to alternate mixing the flour mixture and the baking soda/water mixture with the sugar/margarine/molasses mixture.  This means……

Add a little bit of the baking soda/water mixture. (The first time I made these, I thought I screwed it up, but keep mixing. I promise that the baking soda and water will smooth out).

Then add the flour mixture and combine.  Alternate this until everything is combined and add the spices and vanilla.

Drop by the spoonful on a baking sheet.  I tend to forget and burn things, so hence the red silicone baking cover.

Soft Molasses Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda, dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix margarine, brown sugar and molasses. Add beaten egg.
  2. Sift flour and salt and dissolve baking soda into warm water.
  3. Alternate adding these mixtures separately with the first mixture. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and vanilla.
  4. Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet and bake at 375*F for 7-9 minutes, the bottom should be slightly browned.
  5. Bake for 7-9 minutes. The cookies don’t really spread out and tend to keep their dropped shape.


10 comments on “Soft Molasses Cookies”

  1. I love this recipe. It’s amazing. The cookies are so fluffy. 🙂

  2. These have turned awesome!! Thx for sharing ….I would love a good white sugar cookie recipe?!?

  3. We’ve lost my mother’s ”good ol’ molasses cookies,” recipe that she made at least once a month. Yours recipe sounds like it! Can you answer a couple questions?
    1) I think she used hot coffee instead of water. Could I be remembering right?
    2) if I freeze before shipping, would these cookies travel well?
    My brothers will be thrilled if I’ve found our childhood cookie!

  4. I’ve been looking for this recipe for so long! I used to make a similar cookie when I was in high school (35 years ago) but I lost the recipe when I moved out of home. The cookies were moist and dark, and so delicious. Your recipe is pretty well the same. I used blackstrap molasses and crisco shortening instead of butter/margarine because my dad didn’t like the taste of butter. The Blackstrap molasses has such a rich taste that quite honestly the cookies almost taste chocolate, but even better. Thank you sooooo much for sharing your recipe!

  5. I am so disappointed. The pictures look like what I was looking for. Similar to previous comments I didn’t retrieve my grandma’s recipes. However they spread out flat as a pancake. Can you think of a reason why or what I might do differently to keep their drop shape?

    • Hi Michele! Oh no, I’m not sure what would have happened. How hot was your oven when the cookies were baking? How did you measure your flour? If you can provide additional details, I would love to troubleshoot this.

      • i am curious with this comment. the old school recipes call for shortening, not butter or margarine. the shortening tolerates a higher temperature than butter. butter would cause cookies to spread/flatten more than if shortening was used. i don’t know if margarine has a high temperature allowance to prevent spreading. did you use butter or margarine when you made your cookies?

  6. cookies were not very moist and dry I could have used them for fritzbee

  7. Mine spread out too 🙁
    I will be trying again!

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