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Molasses Crinkle Cookies

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These molasses crinkle cookies are full of flavor, chewy, and delicious with a beautifully crackled powdered sugar exterior.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies in a box with a bite take out of one cookie.

Looking for a new favorite cookie to add to your cookie tray for the holidays?

These molasses crinkle cookies are it! They’re everything you love about molasses cookies–deep molasses flavor, spicy ginger, warm cinnamon, and cloves–with a pretty, powdered sugar, classic crinkle outside.

Not only do these molasses crinkle cookies taste amazing, but they make your house smell just like the holidays as they bake up. 

And who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked cookies?

Trust me, these molasses crinkle cookies will be your new favorite crinkle cookie!

Ingredients to make Molasses Crinkle Cookies on a table.
Molasses Crinkle Cookies scooped onto a baking sheet pan.

Ingredients for molasses crinkle cookies

  • All-purpose flour – A simple cookie ingredient that helps hold your cookie dough together.
  • Baking powder – Baking powder helps the cookies to puff up.
  • Vegetable oil – This will help add moisture to our cookies so they’re nice and chewy and not dry.
  • Molasses – Molasses is our star ingredient! It has a deep, complex, and sweet flavor.
  • Brown sugar – Brown sugar will add sweetness and moisture to our cookies, so they have a wonderfully chewy texture. 
  • Eggs – Eggs will help emulsify our cookie dough and bring all of the ingredients together.
  • Spices – Cinnamon, dried ginger, and cloves are all classic flavors for molasses cookies that complement each other and add warmth.
  • Kosher salt – Kosher salt helps bring out all of the flavors of the cookie.
  • Powdered sugar – Powdered sugar is what gives the cookie its crinkle appearance and adds a slight sweetness.
Molasses Crinkle Cookies in a decorative Christmas box.

Make ahead

If you’re looking to save time, or have molasses crinkle cookies on hand for whenever the craving strikes, you can freeze the cookie dough!

Simply prepare the cookies as written, except leave out rolling them in powdered sugar. 

Place the dough balls on a sheet pan and pop them into the freezer until they become hard, and then pop the frozen balls into a zip-top bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies getting sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Adding sprinkles

Why not add sprinkles??

When you roll the cookies in the powdered sugar, add some festive, colorful sanding sugar with it to give the cookies some extra sparkle and color.

Storage and leftovers

Any leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Molasses Crinkle Cookies with a bite take out of it sitting on a table.

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Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Yield: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These molasses crinkle cookies are full of flavor, chewy, and delicious with a beautifully crackled powdered sugar exterior.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspooon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet pan with parchment paper or a Silpat liner and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl add all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and kosher salt.
  3. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer or large mixing bowl, add brown sugar, oil, molasses, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  5. Using a mixer, gently combine the wet ingredients until just combined.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients about a cup at a time, until well combined.
  7. Form the dough into 1.5-inch balls, and roll in powdered sugar until completely covered.
  8. Place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet pan and flatten until each cookie is 2 inches in diameter. 
  9. Bake for 13-14 minutes in the preheated oven. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 102mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

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