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I have made these several times and every time I forget how amazing they are. These are the dream cookie when it comes to molasses cookies! They taste like fall, are perfectly chewy, and really pretty! We are obsessed. Also, it was very fun for my 8 year old to roll them in sugar. So, in short, these are an insanely delicious, kid friendly recipe. LOVE THEM. Thanks so much for the recipe!
I followed the recipe exactly, and the cookies turned out fantastic! The flavor, shape, and chewiness were all as advertised. Thanks so much for sharing.
Dough very sticky so I will refrigerate for 30 minutes next time. Otherwise, fabulous cookies!!!!
I’ve made these numerous times and they always turn out perfect. However, I made them last week and they were flat. I think my baking soda was old, so fine. I bought new soda and made them again tonight. They are still flat!!! WTH. The only differences between when I’ve made them in the past, and now, is that these past two times, I used a hand mixer instead of my stand mixer and I made them smaller. Could the type of mixer and size of the scoop really make that big of a difference? Help!! I really like these cookies, but I prefer them thick and chewy, not flat.
Are you using the same brand of flour you usually bake with? That could be one cause. Some brands of AP flour have less protein and some have more. The scoop can make a difference, though. I’d say next time you make these, use the old scoop on 1 sheet and do smaller scoops on the other sheet. That way you can compare side-by-side. I often make molasses cookies by hand, so the mixer might not be it. Very curious, though. We hope you can get them back to the way you like, soft and puffy.
Delicious and easy to make! I don’t like really large cookies so I made about 26 with this recipe, and just shortened the baking time a bit. They were still crispy around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle.
The taste is completely off the chain! My customers absolutely love this recipe although my cookies come out flat.
Hi Lisa, I am so crazy about molasses cookies, I can’t even make them. Too dangerous! So I’m glad to hear you liked the flavor.
I think the culprit for the flat cookies here is the baking soda. 2 teaspoons is a lot, and it serves them to make them puff up dramatically and then implode, creating those attractive cracks. I’d suggest decreasing the soda to 1 teaspoon (which is still a lot). Also, if you *like* flat cookies, you can slam the baking sheet on the counter right after you pull these out of the oven. For puffier cookies, be gentle when you remove the sheets from the oven. Let us know if it works! Now *I* want to give this a shot myself.
I made these wonderful cookies and they are delicious! My new favorite!
Please tell me why my cookies came out flat and what can I do to fluff them up?
These are my favorite cookies! I know most people say chocolate chip cookies are their favorite cookie but these are mine. I usually only have them during the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. If I made them year round I would weigh way too much!
Do the baked cookies freeze well? How long do they keep in the freezer?
Hi, Katy! Baked cookies can last for months in the freezer. Just layer them between sheets of parchment.
Yummy cookies,will make again
Perfect texture and delicious! Suggest reducing molasses to 1/4 cup if your molasses is really dark. I slightly increased ginger and added a tiny bit of pepper. Also suggest putting dough in the fridge for 30 min before rolling as it is sticky. Worked like a charm! Thanks for the recipe!
Amazing! Followed the recipe exactly and the cookies came out perfectly chewy, firm around the edges, wonderfully spiced! Will make these for years to come.
These are amazing! I never follow recipes exactly when it comes to amounts of spices (I usually like more) but I did with this one just to try it and it was still really, really good. Very easy to make and they get eaten so quickly. I definitely recommend them.
These are incredible! Seriously, the texture and taste is perfect, I could not have been happier!The only adjustments I made were chilling the dough after mixing since mine was pretty sticky, and adding a bit more salt and vanilla (that’s just based on my personal taste).You cannot go wrong with this recipe!
please answer! There are no molasses where I am And id love to make these. Any way to do a substitution? Thanks♡
Hi Tori, since these are molasses cookies, and molasses is the predominant flavor of them, I’m afraid you need molasses to make these cookies. If you want a fall spice cookie, I recommend our Cinnamon Cookies.
Tori, try ordering molasses from Amazon!
Awesome holiday cookies! “Tested” out the recipe this week ahead of Thanksgiving and it’s a keeper! Tried to stay by the book for the most part, but realized after adding other spices I was out of cinnamon. Improved with pumpkin pie spice which meant extra clove/ginger flavor and I’m not mad about it! I did add a tiny bit of black pepper for some depth and chilled the dough about 20-30 minutes before rolling in the sugar & baking. Came out delicious and pretty and crinkly. Thanks for this :)
Every year near Halloween I could by those spice cookies in the orange and black boxes. Suddenly, they were no-where to be found. I used this recipe and added just a dash of white pepper … then flattened them as soon as they came out of the oven, so when they cooled, they’d be hard and have that ‘snap’. Excellent!
Why did my cookies not form flat?
I have made these cookies every year for the last 5 years at Christmas and a few times for other occasions. I think that they are my favorite cookie of all time. I love the taste of all the spices, the aroma while cooking, the texture, and their crinkly looks. They belong in the cookie Hall of Fame!
The molasses spice cookies are the best I have had since I was a child. They remind me of my mother’s copy. My grandchildren are my testers and they just loved them. Thanks for the great recipe.