Classic Molasses Crinkle Cookies

This is the classic molasses crinkle cookies recipe that I’ve seen versions of everywhere from old cookbooks to the back of jars of molasses.

It’s a classic for a reason, and it should give you a good, crackled appearance on the tops of the cookies when they cool off. But I’ve added a little extra cinnamon because that makes it even better.

classic molasses crinkle cookies

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Molasses crinkle cookies

This soft and chewy molasses cookies recipe is easy to do and makes the classic molasses crinkle cookie that you remember Grandma making. It's a simple and fast treat for the holidays at Christmas, or any time of year.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies


  • 1 mixing bowl or stand mixer
  • 1 rubber spatula
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 small ice cream scoop or teaspoon for scooping dough
  • 1 small bowl for granulated sugar


  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cup AP flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • granulated sugar to roll the dough in.


  • Preheat the oven to 375F
  • Mix brown sugar, shortening, molasses, and egg until combined.
  • Stir in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
    molasses cookie dough in a mixer bowl
  • Cover the cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Scoop balls of cookie dough, or make rounded teaspoons of dough.
    scoop out the cookie dough
  • Put the granulated sugar in the small bowl and dip the balls of dough into the sugar.
    roll the dough in granulated sugar
  • Put the dough balls onto the cookie sheets about 2" apart.
    cookie dough on the cookie sheet
  • Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies look set but not too dry.
  • DON'T OVERBAKE the cookies! They'll continue to firm up when they cool.
  • Slide the parchment sheets off of the cookie sheets onto the cooling racks.
  • When the cookies cool off for a few minutes, remove them from the parchment and finish cooling them on the racks.
    baked molasses cookies
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container or freeze in a plastic freezer bag.
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Equipment list for the cookies.

These are some of the things you’ll need to make the cookies, and the ones that I like on Amazon:

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Tips for making the molasses crinkle cookies.

  • These are pretty easy to make, but I’ve heard of people who have trouble getting them to crinkle when they cool off. I think that part of that could be baking them too much so that they dry out. If you follow the recipe and don’t overbake them they should crinkle a little when they’re baking but then more as they cool off.
  • Check them after about ten minutes, and if they look really wet they probably need a minute or two more, but they shouldn’t look totally dry when you take them out of the oven.
  • These cookies are pretty fragile when they come right out of the oven, so slide them off of the cookie sheet onto the cooling rack, then let them cool off a little before using a spatula on them. They’ll solidify pretty quickly as they cool off.
  • Store them in an airtight container once they cool off, or freeze them in a plastic freezer bag.

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