These ginger molasses cookies are soft and chewy with a hint of five spice and vanilla. They are fantastic on their own, and absolutely to die for when paired up with ice cream and made into a ice cream sandwich!

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Flat and chewy. Those are my only two requirements to a good cookie. If it has crispy edges it’s a bonus (a really big bonus) but for this cookie recipe, we won’t be touching on the crispy edges because to me, ginger molasses cookies are meant to be soft and chewy and crazy comforting and they are definitely not limited to just Christmas time 😉


Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies





For this ginger molasses cookie recipe, all ingredients can be found at your local grocery store.

Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies Ingredients


For this recipe, use Fancy Molasses and not Blackstrap Molasses. Fancy molasses is higher in sugar and a lot less thick. Cookie dough made with blackstrap molasses are more dry and thick and slightly less sweet and slightly bitter which is not what we want for this recipe.





Rise & Fall

Whenever I make these ginger molasses cookies, I like to cream the butter to death. I find that adding the extra air really helps the cookie rise, which then drops the cookie to a thinner cookie once it deflates. When you are creaming the butter with the sugar, aim to make it a light creamy fluffy yellow butter. I find it easiest to achieve this with a stand mixer or hand mixer – it’s doable by hand as well but I hope you have some crazy arm muscles because I know I don’t! 🙂


Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies


Make sure the butter has been softened (not fully melted) either by letting it sit for hours in room temperature or you can be lazy like me and nuke it in the microwave for 45  seconds (timing to this will depend on how powerful your microwave is). Make sure you nuke it 20 seconds at a time, a full 45 second nuke might make your butter splatter like crazy and I assume nobody enjoys cleaning butter drenched microwaves


Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies


When you are mixing the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl with the flour, make sure your baking soda is not clumpy. If it is, use your fingers to break apart the clumps so that it can evenly distribute into the flour better.

When you start to mix in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, add the dry mix in a few batches on a lower speed so the flour doesn’t fly up into the air and get everywhere!



The Cookie Dough

This five spice ginger molasses cookie recipe makes a lot of cookies and when I say a lot I mean approximately 28-30 GIANT ginger molasses cookies, so if you make smaller cookies you will probably get double the amount but from my findings, the smaller the cookie you make the less flat they will be. I found that cookies made smaller tend to cook faster (and tends to gets overcooked faster). I like to use approximately 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of dough to make my cookie balls (they don’t need to be flattened on the cookie sheet). They come out a little bit bigger than a golf ball size.


This ginger molasses cookie dough is very soft, and it’s meant to be! Personally, I don’t recommend putting them in the fridge to cool before rolling them into balls because cold cookie dough means the oven needs to take longer to cook it. If you find it hard to work with the dough because you have warm hands like I do and the dough gets super melty and mucky, then try to run your wrists under cold water to cool your hands down a bit. This works for me every time.


Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies


When you are rolling them, try to be quick and gentle and then toss the cookie balls into a bowl of sugar and swirl the bowl to coat the balls without touching them too much.


Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies
“Holy Batman! Those are huge cookie dough balls!” It’s intentional, I find the larger I make them, the flatter they get and it ensures I don’t overcook them.



Baking is finicky, I get it. There are so many factors to it – it literally is science (butter fat content, elevation depending on where you are in the world) and a lot of different things may impact how your cookies turn out. I like to use my first cookie tray to gauge how the rest of my cookies turn out so you may need to do the same if they don’t turn out the way they should.

If your first tray of ginger molasses cookies are SUPER flat, try to add 3-5 more tablespoons of flour into the dough and chill the dough before rolling it into the sugar. In this case even making the cookie balls smaller might help because it will look the dough faster and won’t allow the cookie to ‘melt’.


If your first tray of ginger molasses cookies are super puffy and cake-like, try adding more butter. Add approximately 1/4 cup of melted butter and remix your dough again. Another thing I found was that skimping on sugar will produce a puffier cookie as well. I like to cut sugars in all my baked goods from time to time as well but in some cases you can’t if you want to achieve a certain consistency. Another thing to keep in mind as well is measurement of your ingredients. Make sure you are not using a heaping cup of flour, use a knife to scrape off excess flour from the measuring cup.


Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies




It is SUPER IMPORTANT not to overcook these cookies. When you take these little guys out of the oven, they will feel SUPER soft and some might even look slightly puffy in the middle. It’s okay! Just make sure you leave them on the cookie sheet to cool. No touchie, no moving it to a cookie rack – just let it be for approximately 10 minutes on the cookie sheet, it’s still cooking with the residual heat from it. In that 10 minutes, your cookie will start to harden a bit and the middles should deflate and come down flatter in size.  For the sake of speed, I like to have 2 cookie sheets on the go, so that when one tray is in the oven the other tray can sit outside and cool.


Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies

There’s no such thing as too many ginger molasses cookies, but when life gives you too many cookies – make ice cream sandwiches! 😉


Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies


Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies

  • Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 28 to 30 Large Cookies
  • Category: Sweet, Dessert
  • Cuisine: American, Asian Fusion


These ginger molasses cookies are soft and chewy with a hint of five spice and vanilla. They are fantastic on their own, and absolutely to die for when paired up with ice cream and made into a ice cream sandwich!


Wet Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup butter (unsalted and soften)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar (for rolling)



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F (176C) and set your oven rack to the middle of the oven.
  2. Line your cookie trays with parchment paper and set aside.

Making the Cookie Dough

  1. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until it is a pale yellow colour and fluffy
  2. Add in the eggs one at a time and continue to mix
  3. Add in the molasses and vanilla extract and continue to mix until everything is well incorporated and fluffy. Make sure you are also scraping down the sides of the bowl so that everything is evenly mixed.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix well. If your baking soda is clumpy, make sure to break apart the clumps with your fingers before adding it to the dry mixture.
  5. Slowly add in the dry mixture in a few batches into the wet mixture and mix on low speed (so the flour doesn’t fly everywhere). Remember to occasionally scrape down the bowl so you mix the dough evenly.
  6. In a bowl, add in 1/4 cup of sugar and roll the cookie dough in it. I like to use 1 1/2 tablespoon to 2 tablespoon sized dough balls (slightly larger than a golf ball size). If your hands are super warm and are finding the dough tough to work with since it is very soft, try cool your hands down by running cold water on your wrist.
  7. Add them to the cookie sheet  with 2 inches of space between them. No need to press down the dough, keep them as balls.

Baking the Cookies

  1. Bake the cookies, 1 tray at a time for 10-12 minutes. Since every oven is different, start with 10 minutes and watch it. It should start to flatten up a little bit with a puffy center and a few cracks at around 8 minutes or so. Do not overcook the cookies, else they will not flatten during the cooling stage.
  2. *IMPORTANT* Do not remove the cookies from the cookie sheets for at least 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet and don’t move it. It is still cooking from the residual heat. During this time the cookie will slowly deflate and flatten itself down. I like to have 2 cookie sheets on the go so that I can have a batch of cookies in the oven at any given time.
  3. Once the cookie has cooled for 10-15 minutes, transfer them to a cooking rack.
  4. Enjoy them as is or sandwich them with some vanilla ice cream! 🙂


  • The dough for this cookie is very soft but it is intentionally to create a soft and chewy cookie. Try to work fast when rolling them into balls use the bowl of sugar to coat the cookie dough balls by  swirling it around so you don’t need to touch it too much. If your hands are too warm to handle the dough (gets very soft and melty on you) cool your hands by running some cold water on your wrists.
  • When you are are measuring out your flour, make sure you use a knife and scrape off the excess flour. You don’t want 1 ‘heaping’ cup of flour, just 1 cup of flour. 🙂


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 198 kCal
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 178 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg

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16 thoughts on “Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies”

  1. Ginger molasses cookies are some of my all-time favorites, so I love that you’ve given them a little kick in the spice department—I’m sure I’m going to love them.

    1. Definitely one of my fave too, I think it’s the addictive texture! haha 🙂

    1. Thanks Jillian, I know the pains all too well with baked goods not turning out haha so I thought it would be helpful to share what I would do when things go south! 🙂

  2. Whooaaahh… I’m a former Baker from many years ago and never thought of putting five spice into cookies. Brilliant! Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. It’s such a cinnamony warm spice, it seemed like a natural fit right? It’s funny I had to be told this flavour profile by husband before I even put two and two together for that eureka moment to use it haha!

  3. I have a ton of molasses left over from my Christmas baking projects. This goes to the top of my baking list now!!!

  4. I love your bright idea comes up the way to add 5-spice powder into this ” Chewy Five Spice Ginger Molasses Cookies”. The dough I followed your instruction to make — hilarious.
    (Honestly, I sometimes buy ready-to-do dough from bakery stores.) But this time it turned out a big success for this. Kids enjoyed a lot and packed some to school as snacks.

    1. Don’t worry, I have my lazy days when I sometimes by ready-made doughs cookie as well! heehee 🙂 I am happy this was a success for you and that they enjoyed it.

  5. chewy cookies are the best!!!! (chewy + crispy cookies are the ACTUAL best though). and i love that you added five spice. it tastes so cozy to me, and it makes these ginger cookies so much more exciting (:

    1. I won’t argue with you there, it doesn’t get any better than crispy + chewy haha! YES to the cozy! I am so addicted to cozy right now and you’re so right this definitely puts me in that mood. 🙂

    1. Giant cookies means more to eat pwahaha! 🙂 and oh my gosh yes! they are SO SO SO good with vanilla ice cream! It’s -20 degrees winter here and I was enjoying a ice cream sandwich haha! 🙂

  6. All I can say is, WOW! These cookies were (verb tense intended!) fantastic! I’d never made molasses cookies before, so I was wondering how these would turn out. Once I got started, I realized that I was out of vanilla. Not wanting to run to the store, I decided to try adding almond extract, instead. It worked out great! Next time I’ll try with vanilla, but the almond this time sure made a big hit!

    1. I am SO happy this recipe were a hit with you! 😀 You really made my day Dan! 🙂 Adding almond extract was a BRILLIANT idea! I’m actually super excited about it and will definitely try it out on my next batch too!! Whee!

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