Holiday baking season is in full swing! Cookies, bars, candies and more are hopefully filling your kitchen, and your bellies. I’m off to a Cookie Swap tonight and I’m excited to share the recipe for Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies today. This recipe has been in my holiday rotation for a few years now and the smell of the dough is amazing. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and is fairly quick to pull together.

I ran out of ground nutmeg and had some real nutmegs to use. Using freshly ground spices is a sure fire way to create some delicious cookies! You can get whole nutmegs in the Whole Foods bulk section if you want to try just a couple. Use a microplaner to grate the nut.


The perfect holiday cookie
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies


  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup sugar
  • ¾ cups unsalted butter softened 1½ sticks
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup molasses


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  • In an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 cup of sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg one at a time and then molasses until combined. Reduce speed to stir/low and slowly mix in the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
  • Create balls with the dough, about one tablespoon each. (slightly smaller than a ping pong ball)
  • Roll ball in a small bowl of the reserved ¼ cup of sugar.
  • Arrange the balls on baking sheets, 12 per sheet.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for one minute before transferring to racks to cool. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
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Easy cookie swap recipe-- Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies

Now it’s your turn! What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe? Leave a note in the comments.