Molasses Cut Out Cookies

These easy and tasty molasses cut out cookies are perfect for the holidays as a party treat, a food gift, or simply to enjoy with a mug of hot chocolate!


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk
  • Flour, for dusting
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar and/or white icing


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking soda and salt until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer to beat together softened butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses, milk.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and use a spatula to mix together until combined and a dough ball has formed.
  5. Dust a few tablespoons of flour on a large cutting board. Place dough on the cutting board and use a rolling pin to roll it out flat to about ¼ inch thickness.
  6. Use a gingerbread man cookie cutter and cut out about 24 cookies. Place them on the parchment paper, about ½ an inch apart. Bake 8-9 minutes, until set but soft.
  7. Let cookies cool, then dust with powdered sugar or decorate with white icing.