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Molasses Crackle Cookies

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    These molasses crackle cookies are chewy, crisp, and packed with wholesome winter spices. The sugar coated exterior makes these cookies seriously addicting. They’re a holiday season favorite that you’ll want to share with all your friends and fam!


    Molasses cookies are a holiday classic. What other time of year do you have a molasses cookie? Now is the perfect time to indulge in these bold-flavored cookies, packed with ginger, molasses, and cinnamon in every bite. They’re the perfect combination of soft and chewy and that cute little crackle is the perfect vessel to store the sugar coating. 

    These molasses crackle cookies pair well with a hot cup of cocoa and a crackling fire. See what I did there? What sounds better than that? Crisp, chewy, but yet also gooey, these cookies are the BEST.

    Fun Fact About Molasses: Do you guys remember learning about the Great Molasses Flood in history class? For some reason, whenever I make these cookies my brain floats back to that time in social studies when we learned that a molasses tank burst open in 1919 spilling TWO MILLION gallons of molasses into Boston’s North End neighborhood. Have you ever been to the North End? It’s a really teeny neighborhood in Boston, I can’t even begin to imagine how much molasses that could've been. Anyway, I couldn’t resist sharing this little fact as I am a Bostonian myself.

    Are you ready to make these amazingly chewy, soft, and delicious molasses crackle cookies? I can’t wait for you to try them!

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    Ingredients in these Molasses Crackle Cookies

    Molasses: Dark unsulphured molasses I recommend Grandma’s molasses, found at most grocery stores or Wholesome brand that you can get on Amazon or Thrive Market.

    Spices: A combination of ground cloves, ginger, and cinnamon are what really gives these cookies their powerful flavor.

    Dry Ingredients: Regular all purpose flour, baking soda, and salt.

    Wet Ingredients: Unsalted butter, coconut sugar, molasses, egg, vanilla extract, granulated sugar.

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    Kitchen Tools Needed for this Recipe

    • Mixing bowls, whisk, spatula
    • Stand or hand mixer
    • Measuring cups/spoons
    • Baking tray and parchment paper
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    How to Make these Molasses Crackle Cookies

    Step One: In a medium bowl, add your dry ingredients: AP flour, ground cloves, ground ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

    Step Two: In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until combined and really creamy, approximately 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses until combined. On low speed, beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.

    Step Three: Slowly add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Do this in small portions, adding a section of the dry to the wet, let combine, add another portion of the dry, repeat until the dough is combined.

    Step Four: Cover dough in plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for a minimum ~2 hours or maximum overnight. If chilling overnight, remove the dough from the fridge and let it rest for 30 minutes before continuing onto the next steps.

    Step Five: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roll a tablespoon of dough into a ball using your hands. Roll the balls into a bowl of granulated sugar. Place the balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet 2” apart.

    Step Six: Bake cookies for 10-11 minutes until edges have set, cookies will appear a bit fluffy at first but will flatten as they begin to cool down. Let cookies rest on the baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

    molasses cookies on tray

    Molasses Crackle Cookies

    These molasses crackle cookies are chewy, crisp, and packed with wholesome winter spices. The sugar coated exterior makes these cookies seriously addicting. They’re a holiday season favorite that you’ll want to share with all your friends and fam!


    Prep time: 10 min |

    Cook time: 10 min |

    Total time: 20 min

    Cuisine: American |

    Serves: 28

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups, all purpose flour
    • ½ tsp, ground cloves
    • 1 tsp, ground ginger
    • 1 tsp, cinnamon
    • 2 tsp, baking soda
    • ½ tsp, salt
    • ¾ cup, unsalted butter, room temperature 
    • ½ cup, coconut sugar
    • ½ cup, granulated sugar, plus more for topping 
    • ¼ cup, molasses 
    • 1 egg, room temperature 
    • 2 tsp, vanilla extract

    Directions:

    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, ground cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and salt until combined.
    2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars together until combined and a creamy consistency. Approximately 2 minutes. 
    3. Using your mixer (hand or stand) mix in the molasses to your butter and sugar bowl on medium speed until combined.
    4. On low speed, beat in the egg and vanilla until smooth consistency is reached. Remember to continuously scrape the sides of your bowl so all ingredients are incorporated.
    5. Fold in the dry ingredients, combining a little portion at a time, until just combined. Don’t over mix!
    6. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 2 hours (minimum).
    7. Once cookie dough has chilled and can easily be formed, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
    8. Roll the dough with your hands into 1 inch balls. Roll the balls in granulated sugar. Place the balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet, spaced 2” apart.
    9. Bake for 10-11 minutes until edges are set.
    10. Let cookies rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to let cool on a cooling rack.
    Notes:
    • Avoid using blackstrap molasses, it tends to have an overpowering and bitter flavor.
    • Molasses crackle cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
    • If chilling the cookie dough for longer than 2 hours, let the cookie dough come to room temperature for 30 minutes before rolling and baking. Don’t rush the chill time, unless you want thin and very spread out cookies!

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 1 cookies

    Serves 28


    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 151
    Total Fat 7.2g
      Saturated Fat 3.8g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 73.1mg
    Sodium 87.6mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.5g
      Dietary Fiber 0.4g
      Sugars 9.7g
    Protein 4.5g

     

    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - Molasses Crackle Cookies


    Author: Christine

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    Course: Desserts

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    Cuisine: American

    Keywords: Boston, Holiday Dessert, Cookies


    Ratings and reviews (12)

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    NJ
    6 months, 1 week ago

    Out of this world !!!! These are addicting. Once you start you definitely can’t just eat one.

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    Thena Franssen 6 months, 1 week ago

    My grandma used to make these and I can't wait to try! Such a fun holiday recipe!

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    Veronika Sykorova
    6 months, 1 week ago

    I loved all the spices in these and the different sugars added more flavor and texture for sure too. Will definitely make these again!

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    Autumn
    6 months, 1 week ago

    Yum to the absolute yum! I love molasses cookies but have never made them myself. Saving this recipe to make with my children! Thank you.

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    Elise 6 months, 1 week ago

    Yum! This sounds really yummy and I love the idea that they would have a little crunch.

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    Eileen M Loya 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    These cookies would go well with a tall glass of milk! Yum. I can't wait to try your recipe.

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    Dani Torr 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    This sounds delicious. I like to add pumpkin spice to everything I bake this time of year, I think it would go great with this recipe too!

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    briannemanzb 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    You can treat yourself with these crackle cookies without guilt. I'd love to make this for the holidays

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    Beth Pierce 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    These cookies wont last long in the house. The kids will surely love them

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    Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies are some of my favourites this time of year. Perfect with a cup of tea!

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    Bill 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    If there's one thing I know about molasses, it's that it's delicious. I need these cookies!

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    Evangelia 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    These look soooo good. I am a sucker for molasses cookies. They’re pretty much my favorite. I need to buy coconut sugar and make these ASAP 😃

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