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Line of several Starbucks Molasses Cookies in a glass serving dish.

Copycat Starbucks Molasses Cookies

Rich, chewy and bursting with spicy-sweet deliciousness, this recipe makes cookies that taste just like Starbucks' Molasses Cookie.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chilling time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36 cookies


  • 3/4 cup Butter (or margarine)
  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Blackstrap molasses (or 1/2 cup regular molsasses)
  • 2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/2 cup White sugar (for rolling the dough in)


  • Cream the butter or margarine and brown sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and molasses and beat for an additional minute.
  •  In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Sift or stir with a fork or whisk for 30 seconds.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined. Cover dough and refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours, until firm.
  • Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into a ball, then roll through white sugar. Place on lightly greased or parchment paper-lined 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.
  • If you are in a hurry, you can skip the chilling stage. However, be aware that the cookies will spread a bit more than they would if you use chilled dough.
Keyword Starbucks Molasses Cookies