Just Like Starbucks Molasses Cookies

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A few years ago, on an afternoon trip to Starbucks, I decided to break from my usual coffee-only habit. I ordered a Chai Latte and a molasses cookie. While I loved the latte, nothing could break my coffee loyalty. However, I fell in love with the molasses cookie. I knew I had to find a way to duplicate that recipe.

It took some trial and error, and a few complete flops, until I came up with this winning combination. These cookies are a huge favorite in our house, even with all of the kids.


Just Like Starbucks Molasses Cookies

  • 3/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. blackstrap molasses (or 1/2 c. plain molasses)
  • 2 1/2 c. flour (You can use any combination white/whole wheat flour)
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/2 t. ginger
  • For rolling dough – 1/2 c. white sugar

1. Cream the butter or margarine and brown sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and beat for an additional minute.

2. In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Sift or stir with a fork or whisk for 30 seconds.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Cover dough and refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours, until firm.

4. Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into a ball, then roll through white sugar. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.


This process will result in light, cake-like cookies. If you prefer crispier cookies, flatten the sugar-coated balls of dough slightly with your palm or the bottom of a glass.

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  1. these sound AWESOME. My sister works at starbucks and she loves molasses cookies. I have some blackstrap molasses left over from my last cookie attempt. I’m definitely going to give these a try.

  2. Memoria says:

    Yeaaa, I have all of these ingredients, including the blackstrap molasses (good for anemics!). I’ve never tried the cookies from Starbucks, but these look great. Thanks!

  3. rita says:

    this was my favorite cookie that my mom would make when i was a kid. your pics make me want some right now!

  4. I love molasses cookies, and these look fantastic! Can’t wait to try these.

  5. Sarah says:

    Kate! I LOVE YOU!!! I mean that with all of my heart! These are my favorite cookies in the world and I will be baking up a storm soon!

  6. Merrilee says:

    Mmmmmm! Thank you! :) I love Starbucks Molasses cookies. Apparently you can’t get them nationwide – only in certain markets. I found this out the hard way when I have lived & travelled to other parts of the country. I can’t wait to try these!

  7. Jill says:

    I made these Saturday night and they were delicious! My children said they were “Soooo good” and asked for several. Thank you for this recipe!

  8. Ninette says:

    I love the molasses cookies from Whole Foods, but I haven’t found the right recipe. Maybe this will do the trick!

  9. Crystal says:

    I haven’t made these, but will. I was just wondering how many cookies you get out of this recipe?? I’m trying to calculate the calories and such.


  10. Shannon says:

    These cookies were AMAZING!!!!! I have never actually had the starbucks kind, but these are my new favorite cookie. I actually added in some chopped up candied ginger I had, too. Best cookies in the universe!!!!

  11. Mary Stanley says:

    This has become a favourite with everybody in our household. Thanks for sharing. Each time I have made them they end up a little too flat. Should I add a little more flower. I don’t flatten them at all on the baking sheet. Flat or not, the flavour is great!

  12. Mary Stanley says:

    Oops…I mean FLOUR!

  13. Angel says:

    These were delicious – dangerously so, since a little less self-control would have resulted in me single-handedly eating the whole batch. I love a soft, flavorful cookie, and these fit the bill quite nicely. Thank you for a wonderful recipe that is sure to become a family favorite!

  14. Angie says:

    I have been going bananas trying to make the perfect cookie. I had gotten my fat, flour, sugar ratios the same as yours listed. I just stumbled upon your site and saw that I was not using cold dough, so I am going to try one more batch with cold dough. Keeping my fingers crossed this works!

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  21. Gilly says:

    Absolutely Awesome!

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  23. Ann says:

    Thanks, they’re just like the ones in Starbucks! Love them!

  24. yummy these cookies are really looking nice thanks alot i really like this blog

  25. These cookies are so yummy, I like to make them the size that Starbucks makes them so I use an ice cream scoop to size the cookie, which then yields about 12 cookies.

  26. Naomi says:

    This is a great recipe that makes wonderfully delicious cookies. Thanks so much for posting.

  27. Maddison says:

    So excited to make these!!! May I ask how many cookies this recipe yields?
    I’d like to make them for a family event! Thanks!

  28. I made these the other day and they were the bomb! I shared your recipe on my blog with your website linked so that others may try them too…a wonderful holiday cookie : ) Thanks for coming up with such a yummy recipe. Merry Christmas!

  29. Jill says:

    I’ve made these a few times now, they are a huge hit!

  30. Crystal says:

    Uh-oh. I have the dough in the fridge right now. I absent-mindedly used 2 sticks of butter. Ahh! We’ll see what happens :/

  31. Tamfram says:

    My family LOVED these cookies. my kids have requested them time after time. Xtra Delicious!!

  32. A says:

    Is t table spoon???

  33. Erin says:

    I made them yesterday. Very good. Don’t over bake : they ” crisp up” afterwards.
    I drizzled with white icing and sprinkled red and green sugar crystals for Christmas flair! Great recipe, thank you!

  34. Karen says:

    I made a double batch of these recently to take to work and counted the amount it made which came out to 25, so I punched it in a recipe builder for nutritional value I would only use this as a loose guide but here’s what I came up with- calories 100/carbs 18/fat 4/protein 2/sodium 115/sugars 8. However you will want to consider Blackstrap Molasses is higher in Iron, Magnesium and Calcium than regular molasses so there’s added benefit there. A decedent treat no doubt, but worth it!

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