Spicy Molasses Cookies

5 from 10 reviews

These 100% whole wheat molasses cookies deliver a seriously spicy kick of flavor and that elusive crisp on the outside, soft on the inside texture.

spicy molasses cookies recipe



  1. With an oven rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pour 1 tablespoon of raw sugar into a small, shallow dish for rolling.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer the butter mixture to a large bowl and let cool slightly.
  6. Whisk the remaining 3 tablespoons raw sugar, brown sugar, egg yolk, vanilla and molasses into the melted butter mixture. Stir in the flour mixture until combined.
  7. Use a cookie dough scoop or spoons to scoop out about one tablespoon of dough at a time. Lightly shape into a ball and dunk half the cookie into the small bowl of raw sugar. Place each cookie on the baking sheet, sugar side up, leaving a couple of inches around each cookie.
  8. Bake the cookies until the edges are set but the centers are still soft, puffy and underdone, which will take 9 to 12 minutes.
  9. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for ten minutes, then serve warm or transfer to a cooling rack.


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