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Old-Fashioned Iced Molasses Cookies

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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!

Cooling rack with iced molasses cookies on it.

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!

Stacked molasses cookies one with a bite taken out of it.

What do I need to make Iced Molasses Cookies?

Ingredients for molasses cookies.
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • ground ginger
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • nutmeg
  • cloves
  • soft butter
  • brown sugar
  • molasses
  • egg
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla
  • cream
  • parchment paper
  • cooling racks
  • baking sheets
  • hand mixer or stand mixer

Icing in a bowl with a spoon and iced cookies.

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.

Iced Molasses cookie icing.

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.

Iced cookies with icing and a cookie with a bite out of it.

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.

Cooling rack with iced cookies on it.

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.

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Yield: 2 dozen

Iced Molasses Cookies

iced molasses cookies with a cup of icing too.

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!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • 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


    1. Preheat the oven to 350°
    2. line baking sheet with parchment and set aside
    3. in a medium bowl mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and cloves with a whisk, and then set aside
    4. in a larger mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar together until soft and fluffy, 2-3 minutes
    5. beat in the eggs and vanilla
    6. add the molasses and beat well
    7. fold into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined
    8. then roll into tablespoon-sized balls
    9. place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets
    10. flatten balls slightly
    11. bake 12-14 minutes until just baked, cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes
    12. transfer the cookies to cooling racks and cool completely
    13. make the icing by stirring the powdered sugar and vanilla together
    14. drizzle in just enough of the cream to make a thick icing
    15. spoon onto the cooled cookies, spread with the back of the spoon
    16. let the iced molasses cookies sit until the icing is set up

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


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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3 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Iced Molasses Cookies”

  1. Do you use heavy whipping cream. Where it calls for cream? .just would like clarification. Thank you. These look amazing.

    • You can do either heavy or regular cream, and half n half or milk will work too! Cream is nice and thick and feels special but any of them will work. The trick is to not add too much of whatever you’re using!


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