Mom’s Molasses Cookies

Recipe by KSLA News 12 Creative Director Jeffrey Goodwin and his mom

A plate of these delicious Mom’s Molasses Cookies showed up in the office this morning. These tasty, soft, chewy confections were an instant hit. So I had to get the recipe for you. It’s pretty easy to make in an afternoon.



1 ½ c. melted butter

½ c. molasses

2 eggs

4 c. flour

4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

3 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

2 c. sugar


Combine butter, egg, and molasses in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine both bowls and then add the flour. Mix well. Chill for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Heat oven to 350°. Form one inch balls out of dough. Roll in sugar on ungreased cookie sheet. Leave about 2 inches between them. Bake for 10 minutes. Try not to gobble them up all in one sitting.

You can add ginger (1 tsp.) and cloves (½ tsp.) to the recipe as well.

These cookies are perfect for a cool day relaxing with a good book and it makes for a great change-of-pace to the traditional sugar or chocolate chip recipes.

Did you know that molasses is made by extracting the juices from sugar cane. It is boiled to make cane syrup, a 2nd boiling and sugar extraction yields “second molasses.” A 3rd boiling creates the dark, viscous blackstrap molasses that is known for its robust flavor.