Molasses Ginger Raisin Cookies

These sweet and spicy molasses ginger raisin cookies are perfect served alone or dipped in a cold glass of milk. Delicious on your holiday cookie tray.

These sweet and spicy molasses ginger raisin cookies are perfect served alone or dipped in a cold glass of milk. Delicious on your holiday cookie tray.

I’m home!!! 15 days in sunny Grenada (did you follow along with me via Instagram?) was amazing but sleeping in my bed last night was borderline magical. As soon as I got home I took a shower, snuggled into my bed, rolled myself like a burrito in my king size comforter and slept for a solid 9 hours.


Then I woke up and had a freak out “OMG it’s almost Christmas and I have nothing planned for the blog!” Then I spent half the day trying to figure out what delicious dishes I should make for Nutmeg Nanny. I hope you like gingerbread because I have basically decided that this is the year I OD on the stuff.

These sweet and spicy molasses ginger raisin cookies are perfect served alone or dipped in a cold glass of milk. Delicious on your holiday cookie tray.

So I guess before I actually give you everything else gingerbread I will give you these cookies. They are sorta gingerbread-ish with all their ginger and molasses flavor but also throw in sweet little raisins. I processed the raisins in the food processor before adding to the dough so the raisins are speckled in the dough. This also makes sure that no one will accidentally take a cookie thinking it’s a chocolate chip instead of a raisin.

The whole “I thought it was a chocolate chip not a raisin” debacle is how trust issues are born.

True story.

These sweet and spicy molasses ginger raisin cookies are perfect served alone or dipped in a cold glass of milk. Delicious on your holiday cookie tray.

So, grab a cold glass of milk and dunk away.

{Looking for more cookie recipes? Try my peanut butter snicker cookies, espresso salted chocolate chip cookies or my orange cherry oatmeal pecan cookies.}


Molasses Ginger Raisin Cookies

These sweet and spicy molasses ginger raisin cookies are perfect served alone or dipped in a cold glass of milk. Delicious on your holiday cookie tray.

Yield: about 2 dozen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses (not black strap)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup candied ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup white sugar

Slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour


Preheat the oven to 350 and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat liner.

In the bowl of an electric mixer add butter and sugar. Blend on medium speed until well combined and fluffy.

Add in molasses and egg, beat to combine.

In the bowl of a food processor add white whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, raisins, candied ginger, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Processes until the raisins and candied gingers are slightly minced.

While the mixer is running on low speed slowly add in flour/raisin/ginger mixture to the butter/molasses mixture. Raise the speed to medium on the mixer and mix until combined.

The dough will be sticky but roll the dough into 2 inch balls and roll into white sugar.

Place onto the baking sheet and slightly flatten (just pushing down the top of the ball) to insure even sized (and round) cookies. I like to bake 6 cookies per baking sheet. This leaves enough room for spreading and no touching.

Add cookies to the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 9-11 minutes. You want the cookies to be a little soft when pulling them out of the oven so when they cool they are still soft.

Let cookies cool on the baking sheet.

Continue baking until all the dough has been used.

45 Responses to “Molasses Ginger Raisin Cookies”

  1. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 8, 2014 at 5:56 am

    These cookies look so delicious. I love the raisins in there!

  2. #
    Sune Moolman — December 8, 2014 at 7:03 am

    I have trust issues due to the chocolate chip/raisin mix up. It was shortbread, I mean really!!
    These look great – good thinking with the processing of the raisins! 🙂

  3. #
    TidyMom — December 8, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I wish I had a stack of these to eat with my milk this morning!! Love the raisins in them!

  4. #
    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — December 8, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Oh my I will take the whole darn stack!

  5. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — December 8, 2014 at 8:25 am

    What a beautiful stack of cookies. I love a crisp dunking cookie!

  6. #
    Michele @ Flavor Mosaic — December 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

    That is probably the most beautiful stack of cookies I have ever seen. I love ginger cookies, and I wish i had that stack of cookies right now. They would be gobbled up in no time.

  7. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    These remind me of my husband’s hermit cookies!!! I love all of these spices!

  8. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — December 8, 2014 at 8:57 am

    These cookies are perfection!

  9. #
    Heather | girlichef — December 8, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Welcome back – I loved seeing all of your sunny photos on Instagram! I lurve a good molasses spice cookie, but never thought about adding raisins. Must. Make. SOON.

  10. #
    Jenny Flake — December 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

    My FAVORITE!!! Love Love Love 🙂

  11. #
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — December 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Your trip looking amazzzzing but welcome home!!

  12. #
    The Food Hunter — December 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

    adding these to my baking list

  13. #
    Cookin Canuck — December 8, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Welcome home! I’m glad you had such a great time on your trip. These cookies look like the ultimate Christmas cookies…spiced, chew, and big. Love them!

  14. #
    sue|theviewfromgreatisland — December 8, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This is seriously the ultimate Christmas cookie — welcome home!

  15. #
    Deborah — December 8, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I’m all for an od on gingerbread! Love these!!

  16. #
    Nikki @ NikSnacks — December 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I love molasses ginger cookies! So soft, tender and with *just* enough snap! And yours look great!

  17. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — December 8, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I wish I had this recipe for Thanksgiving when I made molasses cookies! Love it!

  18. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — December 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Welcome home! You were gone so long! Love the crinles and cracks in these cookies!

  19. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Welcome home! I’m diggin these cookies. So perfect for December!

  20. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — December 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    ok, I have to ask.. how do you get the cookies so flat and perfect? mine don’t come out this flat. These are freaking gorgeous and the raisins in the food processor is freaking genius! This is why I love this blog, yo.

  21. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — December 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    You’re such a smartie pants for blending the raisins in. We have major raisin vs. chocolate drama in our house. 😉

  22. #
    Amanda @ The Kitcheneer — December 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    These would be perfect to go in our holiday tins for gifts this year!

  23. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — December 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I was starting to wonder if you were ever coming home! Hope you had a great time! I’m totally fine with you ODing on the gingerbread this year, these delicious cookies are perfect looking!

  24. #
    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — December 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    These look amazing! I want them alllllll. Something about molasses + ginger screams winter to me 🙂

  25. #
    Stephanie @ Back for Seconds — December 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    What a beautiful stack of cookies! Wow!

  26. #
    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — December 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Welcome back!! Ok, I truly want to go piranha on this stack of cookies!! And genius on processing the raisins. Seriously, a person can get cut over the whole cookies vs. raisins confusion.

  27. #
    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — December 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Welcome back! Seeing your Grenada shenanigans on Instagram was so much fun. Chasing a Blanket Burrito with a stack of ginger cookies is the perfect way to acclimate back into society.

  28. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — December 8, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Nothing more perfect than spicy cookies on cooler days. These molasses cookies look fantastic, Brandy! I’ll take 2 for dessert tonight!

  29. #
    Heather at Basilmomma — December 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I am not sure if I care for nutmeg…..
    🙂 These cookies look delicious! They are THE holiday cookie!

  30. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — December 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I am so into gingerbread this winter too, can’t get enough! Love these cookies, and I’m totally okay with these being raisins over chocolate chips!

  31. #
    Allie | Baking a Moment — December 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Love the bitty birs of raisins all speckled throughout! These sound fantastic. Welcome home!

  32. #
    Kate @ Diethood — December 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Girrrrrl, wow! Beautiful, festive and definitely amazing! Gimme that glass of milk and leave me alone with a dozen of these cookies. 😀

  33. #
    Deanna Segrave-Daly — December 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    What an incredible trip that must have been! I haven’t made a good molasses cookie in forever and your version sure looks divine.

  34. #
    Ginny McMeans — December 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Those two weeks went by so fast! Glad you came home to give us this beautiful stack of Molasses Ginger Raisin Cookies.

  35. #
    Melanie — December 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Printing right now. These are delectable looking. Perfect accompaniment for my cuppa Joe!

  36. #
    Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) — December 9, 2014 at 7:54 am

    That stack of cookies looks downright perfect. YUM! And welcome back from your trip!

  37. #
    Annie @ Annie's Noms — December 9, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I totally get the whole raisin/chocolate chip debacle!! But, I happen to love raisins, so for me I love when I bite in and it’s a raisin – love the ginger/molasses combo you have here!!

  38. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — December 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I’m not big on raisins but I can definitely make an exception!

  39. #
    Kim Beaulieu — December 9, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I hear these ship really well. Just sayin’.

    ps I love raisins. And cinnamon. (giggles)

  40. #
    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — December 11, 2014 at 9:31 am

    My household adores these cookies and your have to be the prettiest I have ever seen! Need my address?? 😉

  41. #
    Joanne — December 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I’ve definitely made the raisin/chocolate chip mistake before and it is just SAD. I love that these are smaller raisin bites so you get raisin essence without too much of the texture. That’s how i like my raisin cookies.

  42. #
    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — December 13, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I love that you added raisins in these, your photos are always so stunning.

  43. #
    Karen @ The Food Charlatan — December 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Dude. THE RAISINS. this is genius Brandy. GENIUS.

  44. #
    Chineka @ Savor The Baking — December 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Lovely combination for a cookie with the ginger and raisins. These look delicious.

  45. #
    Michelle Rittler @ Taste As You Go — December 15, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for allowing me to feature your cookies in my round-up of 60 Ultimate Cookie Exchange Recipes on Taste As You Go! Happy Holidays!

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