The Perfect Molasses Cookie

These are without a doubt my favorite holiday cookie. The Perfect Molasses Cookie is soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside, and has the perfect amount of spice.

A baking sheet with homemade molasses cookies.


These cookies are made with so much love. My mom has been making them every holiday for as long as I can remember. They are truly a family favorite and the holidays wouldn’t be the same without them. My mom and I always make a bunch of cookies and treats over a few days in December to give out to family and friends. These are ALWAYS on the list. The kitchen smells ah-maz-ing.

A shallow white bowl filled with coarse, sparkling sugar. The bowl has five cookie dough balls that are about to rerolled in the sugar before baking.


The recipe comes from one of my mom’s oldest friends. My mom still has the lovingly stained recipe card that the original recipe is written on…it must but 30+ years old. There is so much nostalgia tied up in this recipe. Every time I make them it takes me back to my childhood. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without making these ginger cookie beauties.

A baking sheet lined with white parchment. The tray is filled with 12 homemade molasses cookies that just came out of the oven.


I’ve adjusted this recipe so that it works perfectly at high altitude every single time. Be warned that this makes a ton of cookies. If you live at sea level, simply increase the sugar to two full cups and increase the baking soda to 4 teaspoons instead of the 3 teaspoons called for. The original recipe calls for canola oil but I’ll often use coconut oil or even avocado oil. You can roll the cookies in regular granulated sugar but I really like to use a coarse sugar. It’s so pretty and adds a lovely crunch.

A large, blue dinner sized plate filled with sugar coated ginger cookies. Two hands holding the plate in the picture frame.


These cookies freeze beautifully. In fact, I love them right from the freezer. Well, I love all cookies right from the freezer. But these especially. My mom and I made a batch this past week and have them stored in my chest freezer to be passed out to friends and family when it gets closer to the holiday! So make ahead and get ahead of the cookie game!!

A close up of a warm, fresh from the oven, molasses cookie. There is a plate of cookies in the background.

As always, thanks for reading and happy baking! xo, Kelley

Recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks by way of Sally/ photos by Kellie Hatcher

A large, blue dinner sized plate filled with sugar coated ginger cookies. Two hands holding the plate in the picture frame.

High Altitude Molasses Cookies


My favorite holiday cookie and the recipe my mom has been baking since I was a little girl!


  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • coarse sugar to roll cookies in or extra granulated sugar will do


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, salt and baking soda; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat oil, sugar, molasses and eggs.
  4. Stir in flour mixture and mix well.
  5. Shape dough into balls and roll into sugar.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes taking care not to over bake.


These cookies have been adjusted for high altitude. If you don’t need to adjust, increase baking soda to 4 teaspoons and the sugar to 2 full cups.