Ginger Molasses Cookies
Over the weekend my cousins Amanda & Nichole were talking about Ginger Molasses Cookies. This made me think yet again about Nanny’s recipe that I have been wanting to make for a while now. It has been a long time since I’ve made these cookies so I decided to jump on the wagon and make them. Nanny always had some cookies on hand, and more often than not she would have more than one kind. If she didn’t have any, it was a very rare occasion!
Ginger Molasses Cookies

The cookies above were made by my cousin Amanda 🙂 Thanks Amanda for doing this for me!  Nanny would make pineapple cookies (which my friend Cristine posted here), filled cookies – a soft vanilla flavored cookie with a raisin or date filling (you can see my cranberry, white chocolate and coconut variation of her recipe here), sugar cookies (which I have posted the recipe here and photos of here) and date nut cookies (I have not posted these). All of these cookies are puffy and soft and delicious! Sometimes she would make chocolate chip cookies but the ones mentioned prior are the ones I remember and loved the most.

Ginger Molasses Cookies

This is my submission for the Family Recipes Event. We combined Feb/March Family Recipes event this time. Laura of The Spiced Life is hosting with Lynda of Lynda’s Recipe Box and I co-hosting. To be included in the event, your submissions should be to Lynda by March 31, 2010 at midnight. To view the submission guidelines you can click HERE.

Family Recipes: Nanny's Ginger Molasses Cookies

Nanny would frost some and leave some unfrosted. Yeah, I had to do the same you know? It’s just not right if I don’t. As I sit here this morning I am thinking she would be ever so proud to see her recipes making it out to everyone else, and to see the photos of her recipes would tickle her pink!


Nanny’s Ginger Molasses Cookies

A soft ginger and molasses flavored cookie with old fashioned taste.
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Course: Cookie Recipes, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookies, ginger, Ginger Molasses Cookies, molasses
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 248kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3-1/2 to 4 cups flour
  • For the Frosting:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Mix sugar thru shortening together. Sift together salt, baking powder, soda, ginger cinnamon and 3-1/2 cups flour. Add to dry to wet alternately with buttermilk or sour milk. You may need to add more flour (I ended up using about 5 cups flour all together). Chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Remove dough onto floured surface (I do this 1 batch at a time for a total of 3-1/2 batches and using my large airbake I get about 18 cutouts per batch). Place dough you are not rolling back in fridge to keep chilled. Lightly coat dough with flour and shape into a round ball. Roll to about 1/2" thick. Cut with round cookie cutter.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until cookie looks dry on top and/or a slight dent remains when touching top of cookie with finger. Cool completely.
  • To make the frosting: melt butter and mix in with confectioners sugar along with vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk. Add more milk as needed to make spreading consistency.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg

Other Ginger Molasses Cookies you may be interested in from fellow bloggers:

Ginger Cookies (1WWP):  by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Gingerbread Cookies:  by Average Betty
Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies:  by Beantown Baker
Ginger Cookies:  by Vanilla Sugar Blog
Chocolate Filled Gingersnap Cookies:  by Barbara Bakes


About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Linda March 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Looks like a great old-fashioned recipe! Do you like them better with or without frosting?

  2. ohbabyo March 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm - Reply


  3. ohbabyo March 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm - Reply


  4. Lynda March 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    These look so yummy, Shelby…I love frosted cookies!

  5. Stacey Snacks March 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Honey, I like your personalized white plates!

  6. Barbara Bakes March 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    You have so many nice memories of food and family! This recipe looks scrumptious!

  7. Fallon March 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I love ginger cookies!

  8. Carrian March 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    oh yum!! I love ginger cookies

  9. Bellini Valli March 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Shelby.

  10. teresa March 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    love the cookies, anything with molasses is a winner in my book!

  11. Maria March 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I love ginger cookies. Nice touch with the frosting too!

  12. Flourchild March 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Woah these look amazing! I love ginger and the frosting on top looks so good. I really want to try this recipe soon! Thank you!

  13. Lori March 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    One of my very favorite cookies. These look very yummy. I always like trying new molasses cookie recipes.

  14. Laura March 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    These are similar to my grandma's gingersnaps–but different enough that I think I will have to try them. Have never had buttermilk in a cookie, I bet it is amazing.

  15. pegasuslegend March 2, 2010 at 12:18 am - Reply

    oh boy love the homemade look of these so perfect with my cinnamon tea/!!

  16. Sippity Sup March 2, 2010 at 12:49 am - Reply

    That's fun that your cousin made these too. GREG

  17. Cristine March 2, 2010 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Nanny seems like the type of lady I'd like to know! 🙂 Her pineapple cookies were fantastic and these look so delicious!

  18. Patsyk March 2, 2010 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Those cookies look like they would be so hard to resist!

  19. Diana's Cocina March 2, 2010 at 3:04 am - Reply

    I miss my Nanny! Nothing is better than having incredible memories, and food being a part of it all! These cookies sound delish. I also like the posting of the Pretty in Pink ;).

  20. Joanne March 2, 2010 at 4:20 am - Reply

    I can definitely see why these are a family favorite. Any cookie with frosting is a good one to me!

  21. Katy ~ March 2, 2010 at 10:36 am - Reply

    A flavorful cookie indeed. Love that it's frosted. It's just that little some extra that makes 'em special.

  22. Jamie March 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    These look great with a cup of tea. I love ginger molasses cookies and the frosting makes them extra special.

  23. Jessie March 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    wonderful cookies! I love ginger molasses cookies and they look even better with that yummy frosting. Family recipes passed down to us always seem to be the best recipes in my opinion 🙂

  24. Cajun Chef Ryan March 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Great cookies here, we have been buying bags of these lately, going to have make them now!


  25. Robin Sue March 2, 2010 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I have never cooked with molasses before. I did buy my first bottle this past Christmas and never got to the recipe. But these sound so good… I think I have a new recipe to try out!

  26. theUngourmet March 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    My son and I love molasses cookies! Frosting them is a great idea! Yummy!!

  27. Pamela March 3, 2010 at 1:51 am - Reply

    I have really grown to love molasses cookies and these look wonderful. All of that lovely frosting on top. Delicious!

  28. Cinnamon-Girl March 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I just love molasses cookies! I never had them with frosting – how very scrumptious!

  29. Sean March 7, 2010 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Those cookies look delicious.

  30. Rachael April 3, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    I love making old family favorite recipes! They always bring back the best memories. thanks for sharing yours!

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