These Frosted Molasses Cookies are tender, chewy, and made with simple ingredients. The creamy vanilla buttercream pairs perfectly with these rich cookies, but they are equally delicious on their own.
Soft Molasses Cookies with Icing
If you love soft molasses cookies, then you've got to try these Frosted Molasses Cookies. They're made with butter, sugar, molasses, and all the ingredients that make a knock-out holiday cookie recipe.
They can be made for any occasion but we love making them around the holidays. You also may want to double the recipe - they're that good! These cute cookies are the perfect neighbor gift or treat for your favorite teacher. They pair perfectly with our creamy vanilla buttercream frosting or even a lemon glaze.
Ingredients for Frosted Molasses Cookies
- Butter - your butter needs to be soft either by pulling out to room temperature ahead of time or gently warming in the microwave for about 10 seconds at a time.
- Brown Sugar - I like to use dark brown sugar for these since it adds an even deeper molasses flavor. You could use light brown sugar as well.
- Egg - any type of large egg works great.
- Molasses - use your favorite brand.
- All-Purpose Flour - any kind of all-purpose flour works great for these cookies.
- Baking Soda - this helps the cookies stay nice and chewy.
- Spices - for this recipe I use a combination of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Feel free to adjust to your own liking.
- Salt - sea salt works great.
Frosting for Molasses Cookies
- Butter - the butter for the frosting also needs to be soft before using.
- Vanilla - pure vanilla extract has the best flavor.
- Powdered Sugar - I like to use powdered sugar for frosting because it doesn't have any grittiness.
- Milk - whole milk is my first choice, but 2% will work.
- Nuts: just about any kind! Toast them in a saute pan about 5 minutes first or lightly toast them in the oven before adding to the dough.
- M&M’s: plain, peanut, coconut, peanut butter, all sizes, shapes, and flavors! A really fun and cute addition.
- Dried Fruit: cranberries, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, flaked coconut (super yummy when it’s toasted) and even sliced & dried bananas!
- Extra Crunch: try crushing some whoppers, crushed potato chips, or pretzels,
- Flavored Morsels: butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, caramel bits, or Heath pieces.
How To Make Molasses Cookies With Frosting
- Mix the cookie dough. In an electric mixing bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy and then add the egg and molasses, mix again In a different medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger powder, ground cloves, and salt. Mix with a wire whisk until mixed thoroughly. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
- Scoop the cookie dough. Roll the dough into 1 ¼" balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges. Take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before placing them on wire cooling racks.
- Make the vanilla buttercream. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until the butter is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat again. Add the powdered sugar and beat until the mixture has pea-sized clumps. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until the frosting is light and fluffy. (You want it soft enough to spread but firm enough to hold it's shaped)
- Frost the cookies. Once the cookies are completely cooled, frost as desired. Enjoy!
Storing and Make-Ahead Instructions
- Fridge- You can make the cookie dough ahead of time. It will last in the fridge for a couple of weeks in an airtight container. You can also store the baked Frosted Molasses Cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Freezer- Like most cookie doughs, this dough can be frozen and baked at a later date. Simply scoop into balls and place on a parchment-lined pan and freeze until solid. Once frozen, remove from the cookie sheet and place in a freezer bag. They can be stored in the freezer for 3-4 months.
- To Bake Frozen Cookies: Defrost for an hour or two in the fridge and bake as directed. If the dough is very cold, you may need to add a minute or two of cook time.
Frosted Molasses Cookies Recipe
- ¾ cup Butter, at room tempreture
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 large Egg
- ¼ cup Molasses
- 2 ¼ cup Flour, all-purpose
- 2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Ginger Powder
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
Vanilla Buttercream frosting
- ½ cup Butter room temperature
- ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Milk
- Sprinkles (if desired)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In an electric mixing bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy and then add the egg and molasses, mix again
- In a different medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger powder, ground cloves, and salt. Mix with a wire whisk until mixed thoroughly.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
- Roll the dough into 1 ¼" balls and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges. Take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before placing them on wire cooling racks.
- In a medium-sized bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until the butter is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat again
- Add the powdered sugar and beat until the mixture has pea-sized clumps. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until the frosting is light and fluffy. (You want it soft enough to spread but firm enough to hold it's shaped)
- Frost the cookies after they have cooled and add sprinkles if desired. Enjoy!
More Christmas cookie recipes
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- Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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- Gingersnap Cookies
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Monster Cookies
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These Molasses Cookies are soft and chewy! This delicious cookie recipe is made with simple ingredients and can be enjoyed with or without frosting. Happy holiday baking!