Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

If you love the flavour of gingerbread or ginger snaps but aren’t a fan of the tooth-cracking rock hard texture or the whole rolling out the dough process then good news! Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies might become a new favourite (and not just for Christmas either). They are soft and chewy, have that wonderful ginger flavour, and are easy to make.

chewy ginger molasses cookies and mugs of tea
Enjoy chewy ginger molasses cookies with your favourite person and a mug of something warm!

My grandmother always kicked them up a notch with fresh ginger, and I’ll include that as an option if you prefer the ginger flavour to be front and centre with a zing to it.

Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies Ingredients:

Dry bowl:

  • 2 ¼ cups white flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Wet bowl:

  • ¾ cup room temperature butter
  • 1 cup white sugar plus 2-3 Tbsp more for rolling
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 Tbsp orange juice
  • Optional: 1 tsp (or more!) finely grated fresh ginger. Use a microplane or rasp to grate it to a pulp.


Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix dry bowl ingredients together in a medium bowl. In another, larger bowl, cream butter and 1 cup white sugar. Beat in egg, orange juice, molasses, and fresh ginger if using. Gradually add dry ingredients until mixture is uniformly blended.

Put 2-3 Tbsp white sugar in a small dish. Using clean hands shape dough into balls — a little over 1” in diameter. Roll dough ball in white sugar to coat.

chewy ginger molasses cookie dough ball rolling in sugar

Place about 2” apart on baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Using a fork, flatten slightly.

chewy ginger molasses cookie dough ball flatten with fork

Bake 8 minutes, and then set pan on a cooling rack and let them rest for 5 minutes before removing cookies to a cooling rack using a lifter.

Once completely cool store in an airtight container for several days, or in the freezer. Makes about 40 cookies.

chewy ginger molasses cookies recipe
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Jen Shapka

A mom of two, military spouse, domestic engineer, and former teacher (B.Sc., B.Ed.), she has always found herself in the education field but rarely in the classroom.

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