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Chewy Molasses Cookies with a Kick

Molasses, ginger, spices, and pepper (of all things!) take these regular molasses cookies up a notch. The texture and flavor are perfection.

Servings: 52 cookies
  • 3/4 c butter at room temp
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1.5 t baking soda
  • 1 t black pepper (or less if you prefer)
  • 1/2 c sugar for rolling cookies before baking
  1. Cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the molasses and mix thoroughly. Lightly beat egg and add to the mixture, blending well.

  2. Sift flour and spices, salt, baking soda, and pepper together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add these dry ingredients to the first mixture, and mix well. Chill the dough for a bit if you have time. 

  3. Preheat the oven to 350. Line cooking sheets with parchment paper. Pour 1/2 c sugar in a shallow dish. Roll dough into half inch balls and roll each ball in the sugar to coat. Place rolled dough on the parchment paper leaving 2 inches between each.

  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes and then quickly remove to a cooling rack.