molasses sugar cookies

molasses sugar cookies

On the occasional soggy afternoon, I find myself craving something with a ginger flavor. Ginger is known to ward off seasickness. I keep a container of crystallized ginger onboard for those occasions when the crew is looking a little queasy. This is a tried and true recipe passed down from my aunt, Phyllis Hyde Morgan. I’ve tried other versions of molasses cookies, but I come back to this one. It has a chewy center and an intense combination of flavors.

molasses sugar cookies

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Serves: Makes 5 dozen Cooking Time: 10 minutes


  • ¾ cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar plus ½ cup for finishing
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt



Preheat oven to 375°. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.


Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat, let cool.


Add sugar, molasses and egg to cooled butter and beat together. Add dry ingredients and mix well.


Form into 1” balls and roll in reserved sugar.


Set balls on cookie sheet 2” apart and bake for 8-10 minutes.


Remove cookies to cool on a wire rack.

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  • Reply
    Heather Knight
    October 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I am inspired to make the molasses sugar cookies! Nice layout and photography, sailing around with you looks like it would be delicious.

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    December 31, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    My recipe is exactly the same except I add more of the spices – 1 tsp. cloves, 1 1/2 tsp. ginger, 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. We make these every Christmas on Cookie Day. I am anxious to try your version. Patti

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