Easy Bakery Style Molasses Cookies

These Easy Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies are just like the cookies you find in a fine bakery, except you can mix the dough up in one bowl in just ten minutes - and they cost WAY less! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

These Easy Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies are just like the cookies you find in a fine bakery, except you can mix the dough up in one bowl in just ten minutes – and they cost WAY less!

If it looks and sounds too good to be true it probably is, right?

That was my first thought, when I saw the image of these Easy Bakery Style Molasses Cookies in an email I received from Bon Appétit. When I skimmed through the recipe, I was certain it was too good to be true.

Come on, really? Just stir all the ingredients together, no mixer involved? No creaming butter and sugar? Just roll the dough in balls, bake them and they come out of the oven 10 minutes later, all crinkly-crackly, looking like they just walked out of a fancy bakery? No way.

I went on to the next email, but the image of those cookies kept haunting me. Before long I was staring at them again. I have several wonderful ginger-molasses cookie recipes, but none of them were this simple. So before I knew it, I was in the kitchen pulling out ingredients.

These Easy Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies are just like the cookies you find in a fine bakery, except you can mix the dough up in one bowl in just ten minutes - and they cost WAY less! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

I found a few ways to simplify the Bon Appetit recipe even more and it, honestly, took less than 10 minutes to throw the dough together. As I placed the first pan in the oven, I had serious doubts. “Too good to be true”, I thought.

These Easy Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies are just like the cookies you find in a fine bakery, except you can mix the dough up in one bowl in just ten minutes - and they cost WAY less! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

You would have laughed at the big smile on my face as I peeked in the oven about 10 minutes later. “Wow!”, is what came out of my mouth though no one was around. All crinkly-crackly, looking like they just walked out of a fancy bakery!

These Easy Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies are just like the cookies you find in a fine bakery, except you can mix the dough up in one bowl in just ten minutes - and they cost WAY less! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

I couldn’t wait for them to cool completely before I snitched a little piece. “Wow!” – chewy in the center and crisp on the edges – to me, the perfect ginger cookie.

These Easy Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies are just like the cookies you find in a fine bakery, except you can mix the dough up in one bowl in just ten minutes - and they cost WAY less! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

I’ve made them four times since and each time the results are deliciously the same. Everyone who tries them, loves them. You will too!

These Easy Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies are just like the cookies you find in a fine bakery, except you can mix the dough up in one bowl in just ten minutes - and they cost WAY less! www.thecafesucrefarine.com

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Easy Bakery Style Molasses Cookies

Easy Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies - just like the cookies you find in a fine bakery except you can mix up the dough in one bowl in ten minutes and they cost WAY less!

5 from 8 reviews

These Easy Bakery-Style Molasses Cookies are just like the cookies you find in a fine bakery, except you can mix the dough up in one bowl in just ten minutes – and they cost WAY less!

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  • Yield: 1 1/2- 2 dozen
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup mild-flavored molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Raw sugar, also called Demera or Turbinado sugar, for rolling

Instructions

  1. Place oven racks in lower and upper thirds of oven and preheat to 375°. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. (I love these parchment paper sheets that are already cut to the size of a sheet pan.)
  2. Melt butter in a medium large pot, just until melted. Add sugars and stir to combine. Add molasses and egg and stir well.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt just until combined.
  4. Place raw sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop out dough with a cookie scoop (mine holds 2 tablespoons) and roll into balls. If dough seems sticky, chill 20 minutes. (Out of the four times I’ve made the cookies, only once did the dough seem sticky, but after a short stint in the refrigerator, it was perfect for rolling.
  5. Roll balls, sugar and place on prepared pans, spacing 2” apart.
  6. Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until cookies are puffed, cracked, and set around edges, 10-12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.
  7. Do Ahead: Cookie dough can be made and rolled into balls 2 weeks ahead. Freeze on a baking sheet; transfer to resealable plastic bags. Let sit at room temperature 30 minutes before rolling in sugar.

 



35 thoughts on “Easy Bakery Style Molasses Cookies”

  • Wow what a huge disappointment these cookies were after the hype leading up to the recipe! The dough was too sticky so I refrigerated it as she says, it was still pretty sticky but I rolled in the sugar anyway. Puffed up then went flat and nearly burned at ten minutes and I rotated the pans too!

    • So sorry, not sure what could have gone wrong. I made them four times with great success each time. The recipe comes from Epicurious where it’s rated 4 stars out of 4. It has tons of great reviews from other people who have made them. So sorry you had less than stellar results, I hate it when that happens.

    • I wondered if that would happen, when I read the directions to melt the butter. Maybe just try using room-temp butter and creaming the ingredients like a normal cookie dough?

  • I always hear about these cookies, but never made them nor tasted them before. Looking at your pics, I guess I have to run to the kitchen and make some, Beautiful 🙂

  • Happy New Year Chris and Scott! Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2016!
    What’s not to love about a quick to make, pretty to look at, and delicious to eat cookie?! These ginger cookies are just the kind of cookie we prefer, crisp edges and chewy center. I am the oddball that loves ginger year round, so this recipe is especially welcome. 🙂

  • Hi Chris, Oh I cannot wait to make these, sometimes when I am close to a bakery I will stop in just to see if they have these cookies they are my favorite. Seems to be hit or miss, now I can make my own. Thanks!!!!

  • Oooh, these are even easier than my tried and true ginger cookies! A must try for sure. Plus, I love the extra crunch from the larger crystal sugar. SO glad I didn’t give up cookies as my NY resolution 😉

  • These are my favourite cookie and I absolutely love your blog! Thank you for posting this recipe. Happy New Year from a follower and fan from Canada! Again, love your blog!

    • That’s so sweet Debra! Scott just snuck the last cookie from a batch last night. They are really for all seasons, but the molasses and ginger seem so appropriate for the holidays. Happy New Year from us in North Carolina!

  • O.K. – I am going to try these – I got mad at my tried and true ginger cookies I have been making for 15 years.
    The recipe makes way too many and something went wrong this year-can’t live without ginger cookies! Thanks
    regina

  • If I didn’t have a few containers of Christmas goodies left to finish, I’d be making these today! I think they’d be wonderful with a cup of coffee in the morning 🙂 Happy New Year, Chris!

  • Happy New Year to you a couple of talented people. Your newsletters are so welcome in my inbox and YeS these are just like from a Bakery…You are an amazing baker, lots of love xoxo

  • Happy New Year to you both and to all you love!

    These cookies are a far cry from my grandmother’s dry molasses cookies that she loved and I hated. I could eat them hot out of the oven but after that, bleh. Your cookies look fantastic and I’d love to make these.

    • That’s true Maureen, some of us had good molasses cookies memories and some, not so much! This will give you great memories – crinkly, crackly crust and soft yummy insides!

  • Haven’t made this type of cookie in years but did today after seeing this post. So easy, so good. Don’t be afraid to amp up the spices, increased the cinnamon to 2 tsp and added 1/4 tsp of cayenne. Next time, more ginger and maybe some diced candy ginger! Thank you for reminding me of a favourite from the past. Love the small batch this makes as well.

  • Love these cookies; I’ve been making them for years (found original recipe in Mom’s ancient Betty Crocker cookbook). They disappear fast in my household but also keep very well if I stash some just for me. I love your blog and hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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