Soft Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies are more popular in my little family than chocolate chip cookies. While I do have a couple of kiddos who are chocolate lovers, molasses cookies are definitely loved by all.

The spices and flavors bring me to a younger time and back into my mom’s kitchen. My kid brother insisted we call them Gopher Bottom Cookies instead because molasses has a swear word in it. Then my dad would tell a dad joke that went something like this…

A family moles were out for a walk and they came upon a hole. One went in to check it out, then another, and another. The last mole came out and his dad asked him what it smelled like in there, to which the son replied ‘molasses’.

My kid brother would then role his eyes and use his giant brain to refute my dad’s joke.

Those are the memories I have tucked away that ALWAYS resurface when I make molasses cookies.

Soft Molasses Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 cookies
Calories 138 kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup sour cream full-fat
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup butter flavored shortening
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp salt

Maple Icing

  • 3 tsp maple extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • cup milk
  • tsp salt


  • In an electric mixer bowl, combine sugar, butter, and shortening and beat until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, molasses, and sour cream; beat again until combined and fluffy.
  • In a seperate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and baking soda. Whisk until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in ⅓ batches, mixing in between each add-in. Mix until just combined after each batch add-in. Once the ingredients are all in the mixing bowl, mix until combined. Try not to over mix.
  • Drop by Tbsp full onto a baking sheet that has been lined with a silicone pad or parchment paper. Bake for 9 minutes in a 375°F oven. Let cool for a couple of minutes then remove and place on a cooling rack or paper towel. Let cool completely before icing the tops.

Maple Icing

  • In a large bowl add in powdered sugar, salt, and maple extract and mix. Add in milk 1 Tbsp at a time until a thick liquid consistency. You will want the texture to be slightly runny, but not stiff like frosting. Once it is desired consistency, ice the tops of each cookie.


Serving: 2cookiesCalories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 71mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 87IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cookies, molasses
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Do you like molasses cookies? Or ginger snaps? Same family…If you love cinnamon spice flavors then you will love these! Go check out my other molasses cookie recipe as well.

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