These spiced molasses cookies aren’t your typical molasses cookie. I’ve added a little bit of cayenne and cardamom to my traditional recipe. It adds the perfect back-of-the-throat warmth that you won’t expect.
For me baking this time of year is my favorite.
I put on some Christmas music, wear my favorite apron and wrangle my girls into the kitchen to help me turn out several batches of cookies. It’s also a little ritual of ours that we dust our noses with flour. But I’ll spare you the picture of our goofy faces. You are welcome 🙂
So what’s your baking ritual? Do you bake at midnight? Listen to Michael Buble on repeat (me too!) use margarine instead of butter *gasp*!?!
This year I wanted to turn up the notch on my traditional molasses cookie recipe. I thought adding a smidgen of cayenne would be just the ticket. I didn’t tell my girls what exactly that quarter teaspoon of “red spice” (ie cayenne) was until they took a bite. My youngest said “Oooh Mom, these are spicy… I like it!” coming from the child who isn’t a fan of spice was music to my ears. The cayenne adds a touch of heat that will warm the back of your throat ever-so-subtly and takes these regular, chewy molasses cookies to a whole new level.
To Make These Spiced Molasses Cookies You Will Need:
- unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- granulated sugar
- unsulphured molasses
- unbleached all-purpose flour
- baking soda
- kosher salt
- ground clove
- ground ginger
- cayenne pepper
- ground cardamom
- turbinado sugar
for the vanilla glaze:
- powdered sugar
- kosher salt
- light corn syrup
- melted butter
- whole milk, as needed
- pure vanilla extract
Start by melting 1-1/2 sticks ( or 3/4 cup) of unsalted butter.
Next, pour it into a large bowl or into an 8-cup liquid measuring cup.
Then, to the melted butter, add in 1 cup of granulated sugar.
Next pour in 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses. I like to lightly spray my measuring cup with a little olive oil or coconut oil spray to keep the molasses from sticking to the measuring cup.
Give those a quick whisk to combine.
Crack in 1 egg.
And whisk some more so the egg is thoroughly combined.
In a small bowl, combine 2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon each of ground clove, ginger and kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cardamom.
Mix those together.
Gradually add them into the molasses mixture.
Use a spatula and mix until just combined.
Cover and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
Once the dough has chilled use a 1-1/2 tablespoon scoop to measure out the cookie dough.
Just look at that perfect cookie dough ball!
Measure 1/2 cup of turbinado sugar into a bowl. Place the dough ball into the sugar and roll it around to coat.
Next, place the each of the cookies two-inches apart and bake in a preheated 375° oven for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden.
Then, let the spiced molasses cookies rest on the baking pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool.
While my cookies cooled, I quickly whipped up a vanilla glaze.
In a bowl combine; 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 tablespoon corn syrup and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Stir in enough whole milk until it is the desired consistency you want. Lastly, add in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.
I like doing a drizzle test to check and make sure it’s not too thick or too thin.
Then pour it into these nifty squeeze bottles.
Selected the tip with the tiny hole…
Then I squeezed the icing over top of the cooled spiced molasses cookies.
These cookies aren’t the kind of “spicy” that would set your mouth on fire. More like, the cayenne works perfectly with the cinnamon and spices to create a warm cinnamon-red-hot-candy sensation. It’s just enough heat to warm the back of your mouth.
So you won’t need to chug a glass of milk, although dunking these spiced molasses cookies in a glass of milk isn’t too shabby of an idea.
After eating these, I’m pretty sure I will always add a little spice to my molasses cookies.
Enjoy! And if you give this Spiced Molasses Cookies recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Spiced Molasses Cookies
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
FOR THE VANILLA GLAZE
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- whole milk, as needed
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
MAKE THE COOKIES:
- In a small saucepan melt the 3/4 stick of unsalted butter over low. Let cool.
- Pour the cooled, melted butter into a medium bowl. Add the sugar, molasses and one egg. Stir until smooth.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ground cloves, ginger, cayenne and ground cardamom. Stir and then add it to the molasses mixture in thirds. Stir until combined.
- Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
- Preheat your oven to 375°.
- Remove and use a 2 tablespoon scoop and roll into the turbinado sugar and place two inches apart on a lined, rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake in your preheated oven for 7 to 8 minutes until the edges of the cookies are golden and the tops have crackled.
- Let the baked cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Make glaze and drizzle over cooled cookies.
MAKE THE VANILLA GLAZE:
- Combine the powdered sugar, salt, corn syrup and butter into a medium bowl or liquid measuring cup. Thin out with a little milk until it reaches the desired consistency. Add in the vanilla extract and whisk until smooth.
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Oooo!! I LOVE the spiced molasses 🙂 cayenne pepper in baked treats are SO good. I always like that extra kick of spice!
Favorite holiday ritual…. hmm…. I guess I’d have to say Christmas Eve Service at church, even though the carols in the candlelight make me cry every dang time.
My favorite ritual: After Christmas Eve services, we all get in our new jammies, drink cocoa, play Christmas carols & eat birthday cake for Jesus. 🙂
btw – these cookies bring back happy memories. They’re very similar to a recipe for “labor cookies” that I tried when I was expecting my last 2 girls!
Baking all kinds of things that I normally don’t make throughout the year, as well as spending time with family!
My favorite holiday ritual is getting together with my family!
We make gingerbread men every Christmas!
That’s hard to choose…probably getting the kids in their jambes for hot cocoa & a drive around to look at Christmas lights!
Christmas eve at Grandma’s and a birthday cake for Jesus
My favorite tradition is the Christmas tree hunt. Now that we have a family of our own, its so much fun!
I LOVE the cayenne. How brilliant. These look so chewy and delicious. Pinned.
My favorite “ritual” is doing all of our advents every morning in Christmas. We have our calendar, reading a scripture, and a santa one!
My favorite ritual is the entire Christmas day- it always starts with a delicious breakfast, then we find our Christmas stockings (they’ve been hidden), then we read the Christmas story and sign carols and hymns, and finally we gather around the tree and take our time opening presents. Hot soup and games follow into the afternoon and evening. We have a great time with each other!!
I love molasses cookies. This one looks delicious. I will definitely give it a try. Thanks.
Late night Christmas Eve mass and then making a batch of warm chocolate chip cookies afterwards with my brothers and sisters and then opening one gift.
Eating fondue on Christmas Eve
These look amazing! Going to try them soon!
my favorite holiday ritual is getting together with family.
My favorite ritual would be making all my favorite cookie recipes and handing them out to family & friends. I have like 10 favorites, and try to add a new one every couple of years.
Watching It’s A Wonderful Life while we decorate the tree!
Molasses cookies have always been a holiday must for me! I can’t decide if I’m more excited about the cayenne pepper addition or the icing. Awesome cookies, Laurie!
These look delicious – I can’t wait to try them! (and you take such great pictures!)
OH! And my favorite holiday ritual is decorating the tree 🙂
These cookies are amazeballs. I adore molasses and love the spicy addition of the cayenne!
My favorite is baking my grandma’s cookie recipes!
Love our breakfast casserole on Christmas morning and watching kiddos basking in all their Santa goodies!
Cookies look yummy! My favorite ritual is probably decorating the tree. I like looking at all of the ornaments and remembering when we got them.
Making (and decorating!) spritz cookies with my grandma. After 30 years it’s still not old!
My favorite ritual is Christmas Eve with my family!!!
I love Christmas morning with my mom and brother!
We bake cookies the day after Thanksgiving 🙂
My favorite ritual is driving around looking at Christmas lights together as a family.
It’s really hard to pick a favorite ritual! One of them is all the baking I do, and I’m definitely adding these cookies to my list! Merry Christmas all!
My favorite holiday ritual is the Christmas candlelight service and painting sugar cookies.
I love being with all the different parts of my family! We always plan different nights to keep in the holiday spirit – crafts night, baking cookies, ornament swaps, Christmas light watching – these memories are the best!
Baking my grandma’s cookie recipes while listening to Bing Crosby Christmas records with my kids 🙂
I don’t have a lot of rituals that are the exactly the same every year, but one thing that stays the same is on the night of either Christmas Eve or Christmas my mom and I snuggle up with baked goods and eggnog or some other seasonal drink and watch The Year without a Santa Claus and It’s a Wonderful Life.
simply being home with family, eating a delicious dinner and going to church together!
Listening to Christmas music leading up to Christmas eve. The best part, though, is Christmas eve service!
Cooking with family
When the kids were little we would send up a HAPPY BIRTHDAY balloon for Jesus 🙂
I love watching The Polar Express every Christmas Eve, cup of hot chocolate (the real stuff!) on hand 🙂
My favorite holiday ritual is going out to look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. So sparkly and pretty!
Baking & decorating cookies of course!!
My daughters and I make candy for our friends and family every year. We have so much fun and this is probably our last year all together because my middle daughter will be going to college out of state next year.
We make a “family gift” to open on Christmas Eve. It’s not necessarily new stuff but we wrap up a Christmas book and movie, some snacks and other things to celebrate Christmas Eve. This let’s us have the kids open something without ruining the “real” presents…
drinking hot chocolate ERRY’DAY. it’s so warm and nummy.
My favorite ritual is the advent calendar my husband and I do together. We alternate days and put something homemade in each box day – it’s meaningful and fun!
These look good!! I am a fan of a slight hint of spice in my sweets!! My girls are young and may not like the spice but that way I can keep them all to myself!!
My favorite holiday ritual is decorating the Christmas tree with Christmas music playing while we are drinking hot chocolate.
I always host a cookie exchange party at my house!
We love going to the Lights before Christmas at the zoo. We then come home and have hot cocoa and snickerdoodles and the kids get to choose a Christmas movie to watch.
mimosas on Christmas morning
My little sister and I always get to split the spoon and the bowl. It’s tricky to keep track of who had what last, but it never gets old licking the batter off!
Baking sugar cookies for my kids to decorate is a fun tradition in our family.
my favorite tradition is baking the week before Christmas with my aunt, cousins, and mom!
the Advent Wreath!
attending Christmas Eve candlelight services at church with my family
Card games with the extended family!
I love baking cookies with my mom and sister.
I love baking cookies with my family
My favorite tradition is lunch at my mom’s house on Christmas Day.
I think that Christmas is my favorite holiday. Love the music, the cookies, the twinkling lights. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
My favorite tradition is making Spritz cookies with the family. The kids love too decorate them with an assortment of sprinkles and holiday candies.
Okay, who let my secret out? Cayenne adds a bright burst of pow to everything and this has been my go-to ingredient in lots of sweets. Love this recipe and thanks for sharing!
I love watching ABC family films by the fire with some hot cocoa every year!
Walking/driving around & seeing the neighborhood lights – always makes me smile!
My favorite holiday tradition is eating pizza for Christmas Eve dinner on the fine china and sipping sparkling juice out of the crystal glasses. Then we play games, eat cookies and candies we made, listen to Christmas music and then it all breaks up at 11:30 p.m., we read The Night Before Christmas then the party breaks up so the kids can get in bed before midnight so Santa can come!
Christmas Eve dinner at my mom’s house is my favorite tradition.
I love decorating the tree & we get to open one gift on Christmas Eve!
Baking and decorating sugar cookies!
I just love cooking… The holidays are a great time of year for it because people are prepared to eat. Really though, just the cooking…
My favorite is to make about six different sweets/candies for goodie trays for our neighbors and friends.
I love sleeping under the Christmas tree with my son on Christmas Eve. It’s the one tradition he still wants to take part in.
Love spice cookies. Especially with the raw sugar!! Will have to try these.
Christmas morning breakfast.
My favorite is baking with my Mom, even though I am a grown-up.
Oh my gosh- these are going on my to-do list for this weekend! My favorite holiday ritual though has to be driving around town to look at all of the lights- we normally do it after my birthday dinner on the 23rd.
We have an extended family Christmas party every year, the weekend before. The guys all go to the movies that night, after the party, and we girls put on our Christmas socks and play goofy games while drinking hot chocolate and eating popcorn.
Christmas dinner with all of the family.
Every year, I spend Christmas Eve night at my Dad’s house, and my brother and I end up playing video games early Christmas morning while we wait for the parents to wake up. It started because we had to wait for them when he was little, so they could see his reaction to the gifts from Santa. Now that we are older we still just hang out since we always wake up ridiculously early.
Tom & Jerry hot drinks!
Favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with my mom!
Every Christmas we have lox and bagels after opening up our gifts. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Decorating Xmas tree and baking cookies
I love getting together with family and friends.
I love baking holiday cookies with friends and family.
My boys love to make a special cake for Jesus and sing and light candles on Christmas Eve.
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Our family tradition revolved around a baking marathon over a weekend with as many people as could attend pitching in with our family favorites. My grandmother always made fudge and homemade mints and I made the spritz and almond crescent cookies.
Just getting together with family and playing games, enjoying the company
my favorite Christmas tradition is putting up the tree with my daughter – love it!
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I love decorating the tree. I have ornaments from all the places I have traveled to.
baking cookies with my sister is my fav tradition!
My favorite tradition is meeting at one family member’s home for breakfast on Christmas Morning.
I love making homemade treats to give to all my family, neighbors and co-workers.
My favorite Holiday tradition is driving around on Christmas Eve for at least 2 hours at looking at all the light displays at people’s homes.
I’ve always loved reading TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS with my sons on Christmas Eve. I look forward to doing the same with my brand new granddaughter.
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My favorite tradition is decorating the Christmas tree! As a kid we’d go cut down a tree and my Grandma would come over and help decorate it and my Mom would put on Christmas music! Makes me miss home and my Grandma!
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Sticky buns and hot cocoa for Christmas morning breakfast!
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Playing board games with the family!!
My favorite holiday tradition is Christmas dinner with family! Thanks for the great giveaway!
They look awesome! I’m always on the lookout for a great molasses cookie!
Looking at the Christmas lights and ‘fake snow’ from the different neighborhoods in so cal! One house has a snow machine every year. The kids love to watch the ‘soap’ flakes falling from the sky 🙂
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My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree!
I love making gingerbread with eggnog whipped cream for breakfast on Christmas morning. My family loves it too!
We love to decorate sugar cookies with our grandchildren.
i love my christmas pickle tradition- you have to the find the pickle in the tree the fastest and you win a prize!
every year my fiance and our families go to la salette (a shrine of sorts all decorated with lights) around christmas eve and we stroll around with hot chocolate. it’s my favorite!
Cookie baking and tree decorating with friends and family
We love to make Gingerbread Houses.
Hard to choose just one…but I love filling the house with great smells, from baking sweets, crock pot cooking all day, and baking bread. I really love sharing traditions from my youth and home (Albuquerque) with my kids. Food like Posole, home made tortillas and tamales. And traditions like luminarias.
Oh, and love listening to the “12 Pains of Christmas” till I’m crying!!!
It is making Christmas cookies with the kids every year, then letting them take them to their friends’ house.
My favorite tradition is baking our family recipes which are the same ones that my great-grandmother brought with her from Italy.
My favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas treats for our family gatherings.