recipe

Sticky, sweet molasses gives these cookies their dark color and delicious flavor.

safety
  • Uses the microwave
  • Uses the oven
difficulty
  • Beginner
time
  • 40 minutes, plus cooling time
yield
  • Makes 12 cookies

Gather Baking Equipment

  • Dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Butter knife
  • Small microwave-safe bowl and plate
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • 2 bowls (1 large, 1 medium)
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Shallow dish
  • Oven mitts
  • Cooling rack

Prepare Ingredients

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (5⅔ ounces)
all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon
baking soda
¾ teaspoon
ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon
ground ginger
¼ teaspoon
ground cloves
⅛ teaspoon
salt
6 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted
⅓ cup packed (2⅓ ounces)
dark brown sugar
¼ cup (3 ounces)
molasses
½ teaspoon
vanilla extract
¼ cup (1¾ ounces)
sugar
1
 

HEAT AND LINE: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

 
2
 
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (5⅔ ounces)
all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon
baking soda
¾ teaspoon
ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon
ground ginger
¼ teaspoon
ground cloves
⅛ teaspoon
salt

WHISK DRY: In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.

 
3
 
6 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted
⅓ cup packed (2⅓ ounces)
dark brown sugar
¼ cup (3 ounces)
molasses
1
large egg yolk
½ teaspoon
vanilla extract

WHISK WET: In large bowl, whisk melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add molasses, egg yolk, and vanilla and whisk until well combined.

 
4
 

MIX: Add flour mixture and use rubber spatula to stir until no dry flour is visible and soft dough forms.

 
5
 
¼ cup (1¾ ounces)
sugar

ROLL AND COAT: Place sugar in shallow dish. Use your hands to roll dough into 12 balls (about 1 heaping tablespoon each). Place dough balls in dish and roll to coat with sugar.

 
6
 

PRESS: Place sugar-coated dough balls on parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving space between them. Gently flatten each ball.

 
7
 

BAKE: Bake until edges of cookies are just set and centers are still soft and puffy, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on baking sheet, about 30 minutes.