Chewy molasses spice cookies



25 min


95 cookies

* PLUS Refrigeration Time: overnight, Baking Time: 8 minutes


  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 2 cups lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup fancy molasses
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar


  • In a medium bowl, using a fork, stir flour with baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium, beat butter with brown sugar and 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar until well mixed, about 1 min. Beat in eggs one at a time, then molasses and oil. With electric mixer on low, gradually beat in flour mixture just until mixed. Scrape down side of bowl if necessary. Using a spoon, gently stir in chocolate chips. Divide dough into 4 portions. Form into round discs and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days.
  • When ready to bake, position oven racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly spray 2 baking sheets with oil or line with parchment paper. Place remaining 3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar in a bowl.
  • Remove one portion of dough from refrigerator. Pinch off about 1 tbsp (15 mL) and roll into a ball. Roll in sugar, then place on baking sheet. Continue with remaining dough, spacing balls at least 3 in. (7.5 cm) apart because they spread out while baking.
  • Bake on 2 racks in oven, switching sheets halfway through baking, until cookies begin to set around edges, 8 to 10 min. Remove baking sheets to a heatproof surface. Let cool on sheets about 5 min. Then remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough. If making ahead, store in an airtight container in a cool place up to 5 days, or freeze up to 1 month.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 97,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17 g,
  • Fat
  • 3 g,

Anita Jones: graphic designer and mom of two, Waterloo, Ont., 2nd place, Holiday Cookie Contest. Anita Jones discovered this recipe, written in Polish and tucked away in a drawer, at the home of her mother, Monica. Monica had recently passed away, and Anita was pleased that she could translate the recipe on her own. (“Kitchen Polish is a lot easier than, say, political Polish,” she laughs.) Today these outstanding spice cookies are her absolute favourite.