Chocolate Molasses Cookies

$6.50 recipe / $0.27 each
by Beth - Budget Bytes
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Growing up we called these cookies “chocolate gingersnaps” but they’re not like a crunchy gingersnap at all, they’re actually a classic soft and chewy molasses cookie full of warm spices and chunks of melty chocolate. These Chocolate Molasses Cookies are the perfect cozy cookie for cold winter days and they pair perfectly with a hot cup of cocoa or coffee (especially with my gingerbread creamer). And the best part? They freeze beautifully, so you can keep a batch in your freezer and just take one or two out at a time to enjoy with your afternoon cup of tea or coffee. :)

Close up of chocolate molasses cookies on a cooling rack

Why You’ll Love these Molasses Cookies

Molasses creates an incredible chewy texture when added to cookies, as well as a slight sweetness with a rich and earthy flavor. If regular cookies tend to be a bit too sweet for you, I bet you’ll be a fan of these chocolate molasses cookies. Not only is the sweetness not super over the top, but the warm spices and semi-sweet chocolate give the cookie a little kick that helps counteract the sweetness. The flavor combination is absolute heaven!

What Kind of Molasses to Use

I used Grandma’s Original Molasses for these cookies. While you can use blackstrap molasses, keep in mind that it has a much more intense, slightly bitter flavor and the ingredients in these cookies were not formulated using that type of molasses. Will it still be good? Maybe! At the end of the day, that’s going to be a matter of personal preference.

How to Store Chocolate Molasses Cookies

Once the cookies have cooled completely to room temperature, store them in an air-tight container to keep them from going stale. The cookies will keep at room temperature for about a week, or you can freeze them for about three months. I absolutely love keeping these in the freezer so I can take just one or two out at a time. I like to microwave the frozen cookie for a few seconds to make it extra soft and gooey.

Can I Substitute the Fresh Ginger?

While I do think the fresh ginger is what makes these cookies extra special, you can substitute it for more ground dried ginger if needed. If you don’t have fresh ginger on hand, use two teaspoons of dried ginger instead of the 1 ¼ tsp listed in the recipe below.

Chocolate molasses cookies stacked on a cooling rack
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Chocolate Molasses Cookies

4.70 from 10 votes
These unique molasses cookies are sweet, chewy, full of warm spices, and big chunks of melty chocolate inside.
Chocolate molasses cookies stacked on a cooling rack
Servings 24 cookies
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 24 minutes
Refrigerate Time 1 hour
Total 1 hour 54 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour ($0.23)
  • 1.25 tsp ground ginger ($0.12)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg ($0.02)
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder ($0.04)
  • 1 tsp baking powder ($0.02)
  • 8 Tbsp butter, room temperature ($0.80)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger ($0.30)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar ($0.24)
  • 1/2 cup molasses ($1.18)
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate ($3.49)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar ($0.04)

Instructions 

  • Add the flour, ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cocoa powder, and baking powder to a bowl and stir until well combined.
  • To a separate bowl, add the butter, fresh ginger, brown sugar, and molasses. Use a mixer to beat these ingredients together until light and creamy.
  • Begin adding the flour mixture into the molasses mixture, ½ cup at a time, beating at low speed, until all of the flour mixture has been incorporated.
  • Roughly chop the chocolate, then stir it into the cookie dough. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic, then refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • When you're ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 325ºF. Place the granulated sugar in a small bowl. Divide the cookie dough into four equal-sized pieces, then divide each of the quarters into six small pieces to make 24 total cookies.
  • Roll each piece of cookie dough into a ball, then roll the dough ball in the granulated sugar to coat. Place the shaped cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, 12 per baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes in the 325ºF oven, or until they're slightly cracked on top. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSodium: 56mgFiber: 1g
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A hand holding a chocolate molasses cookie broken in half

How to Make Chocolate Molasses Cookies – Step By Step Photos

dry ingredients in the bowl

Add 1.5 cups all-purpose flour, 1.25 tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cloves, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, 1 Tbsp cocoa powder, and 1 tsp baking powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.

Wet ingredients for cookies in a bowl

Add 8 Tbsp room temperature butter, 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger, ½ cup brown sugar, and ½ cup molasses to a separate bowl.

Whipped whet ingredients in the bowl

Use a mixer to beat the wet ingredients together until they are light and creamy.

Flour added to the cookie dough

Begin mixing in the flour mixture at low speed, adding about ½ cup at a time, until all of it is incorporated.

Chopped choclate

Roughly chop the semi-sweet chocolate. You definitely want it to be fairly chunky.

Chocolate stirring into cookie dough

Stir the chopped chocolate into the cookie dough.

Cookie dough wrapped in plastic

Wrap the cookie dough in plastic, then refrigerate for about an hour to help firm it up. You can refrigerate overnight if needed.

Cookie dough being shaped and rolled in sugar

When you’re ready to make the cookies, preheat the oven to 325ºF. Place ¼ granulated sugar in a small bowl. Divide the cookie dough into four equal-sized pieces, then divide each quarter into six small pieces (24 total pieces). Roll each piece into a ball, then roll the ball in the granulated sugar to coat. 

molasses cookies on a baking sheet ready to bake

Place twelve of the shaped cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Baked molasses cookies on a baking sheet

Bake the cookies in the preheated 325ºF oven for about 12 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly cracked on top. Repeat with the second 12 cookies.

Chocolate molasses cookies on a plate with the cooling rack and glass of milk in the background

Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool for a few minutes, or serve warm. Allow the cookies to cool completely to room temperature before storing in an air-tight container.

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  1. These cookies are all right but I feel like the chocolate doesn’t really belong. I’d be curious to try the recipe again with the chopped chocolate omitted (but keeping the cocoa powder).

  2. These cookies are absolutely delicious! The only problem was that mine didn’t spread like the video & I’m not sure why. They just stayed as little balls. I still enjoyed them!

  3. These taste amazing!! I used Trader Joe’s fresh frozen crushed ginger (thawed) and Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chunks to cut down on prep time (didn’t have to peel/mince fresh garlic or chop chocolate into chunks). So easy!