Spiced Molasses Cookies with Cardamom Sugar

These spiced molasses cookies are basically a mouthful of Christmas topped with an extra sprinkle of sugar and spice.  A good helping of thick molasses give these cookies a soft, chewy texture that is perfectly complimented by a warm array of holiday spices.

I couldn’t go through this Christmas season without posting at least on Christmas cookie recipe, and this one just happens to be personal favorite.  Molasses cookies are actually a family tradition at holiday gatherings, and while these cookies will never be as good as Uncle Jason’s, I’d say they’re pretty darn close.

The recipe I am sharing was a slight adaptaion from the site, Simply Recipes.  Follow the link to check out the original recipe!

Please admire this creamy, sugary, buttery goodness.

Using a coarse ground sugar such as Sugar in the Raw gives these little cookies a beautiful, crunchy and golden exterior! Insert heart eyes emoji here.

Sugar on sugar on sugar!

Spiced Molasses Cookies with Cardamom Sugar
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Serves: 2 dozen
Adapted from Simply Recipes
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cloves
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1½ sticks of butter / softened
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup coarse sugar / sugar in the raw
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, spices, and salt and whisk well to incorporate the ingredients evenly. Set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer, cream butter for 1 minute until creamy and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl using a spatula. Add sugars and mix on medium speed for an additional minute.
  3. Add egg, molasses, and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat until smooth and ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Add flour mixture and stir on low speed stopping once dough is evenly combined.
  5. In a small bowl combine coarse sugar and remaining spices.
  6. Using a medium sized ice cream scoop, scoop dough and form into balls using the palms of your hands. Roll in spiced sugar mixture and arrange evenly on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and let cool on a rack.


7 thoughts on “Spiced Molasses Cookies with Cardamom Sugar

  1. I don’t really have a good reference for what cardamom tastes like. It’s one of those things that sounds familiar but I can’t quite place. But in either case, these cookies look delicious.

    Which means you’ve taken some great food photos!

    1. Thanks, Dan! Cardamom has a warm, spicy flavor that goes well with cinnamon and nutmeg and spices of that sort.

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