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Thick chewy Iced Molasses Cookies are going to be your new favorite cookies! Just like grandma used to make, these cookies are PURE comfort food!
Chewy old-fashioned cookies are baked up full of spices and mellow molasses for a perfectly soft cookie. Then they’re topped with an easy sweet vanilla icing to take these Iced Molasses Cookies right over the top!
What do I need to make Iced Molasses Cookies?
- all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- ground ginger
- ground cinnamon
- soft butter
- brown sugar
- powdered sugar
- parchment paper
- cooling racks
- baking sheets
- hand mixer or stand mixer
How to make Iced Molasses Frosting
These cookies are actually iced with icing, not frosting. Icing is typically made of powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream or milk. It can be made thick or thin depending on how you want it to set up. More milk or cream to make it drizzly, less if you want it thick.
Frosting is typically butter-based and thicker. You can add color to it, stack cakes with it, and stick things together with it. This is the frosting usually found on cakes.
Why do Molasses Cookies get Hard and Dry?
If cookies are hard or dry then you’ve got a couple of problems happening. Youve either added too much flour to your recipe, which is why you should loosen your flour with a spoon before scooping. Measuring carefully OR switching to a digital scale can help you.
Overbaking cookies can also dry them out. Only bake cookies just until they’re done. They may still be soft when they’re baked through. They only need time to set up on the baking sheet at that point. Leave them on the pan to set up before transferring them to a cooling rack.
And if you’ve baked soft chewy cookies and they get hard then you’re probably not storing them in an air-tight container. Try a large flat container and separate layers as needed with parchment paper or waxed paper.
Our OTHER Favorite Cookie Recipes
We love a good cookie around here. These are three of our favorite recipes:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 3/4 cup softened butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup un-sulphured molasses
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 TBSP cream
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- line baking sheet with parchment and set aside
- in a medium bowl mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and cloves with a whisk, and then set aside
- in a larger mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar together until soft and fluffy, 2-3 minutes
- beat in the eggs and vanilla
- add the molasses and beat well
- fold into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined
- then roll into tablespoon-sized balls
- place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets
- flatten balls slightly
- bake 12-14 minutes until just baked, cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes
- transfer the cookies to cooling racks and cool completely
- make the icing by stirring the powdered sugar and vanilla together
- drizzle in just enough of the cream to make a thick icing
- spoon onto the cooled cookies, spread with the back of the spoon
- let the iced molasses cookies sit until the icing is set up
Amount Per Serving Calories 178Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 25mgSodium 207mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 0gSugar 18gProtein 2g
This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.
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