Molasses Triple Chocolate Cookies

Molasses cookies are some of my all-time favorites and normally I’m a purist with them, preferring just the robustly-flavored cookies as is.

But I threw caution to the wind and added chocolate. Three times.

At first I was going to just going to add a bit of cocoa powder to the cookie batter to round out and complement the molasses, but my hands had a mind of their own and reached for the bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  After the addition of chocolate chips, a Trader Joe’s 72 percent Pound Plus bar was staring back at me and I just had to slice some chunks from it. When I made the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies, I learned that I could really pump up the quantity of chocolate-per-cookie ratio and that it will somehow all hold. I put that chocolate theory into a dark and dreamy reality.

The combination of both semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate, in conjunction with the cocoa powder and molasses, gave the cookies such depth of flavor and the different types of chocolate created varied texture. Chocolate chips are sweeter and tend to hold their shape better than the more bittersweet baking chocolate, which tends to melt and ooze.

The star of the show is the molasses itself. I use unsulphered molasses in all my cooking and baking. Blackstrap molasses is too bitter for me to enjoy in desserts, and I would caution against using it in this recipe unless you prefer a bitter and very pungent bite. I don’t, but to each her own.

Molasses cookies are a bit of a name game. Some people call them gingersnaps. Others distinguish them as soft gingersnaps, as opposed to the other kind of gingersnaps that are hard, crunchy, snap when you bite into them and make lots of crumbs everywhere. With the exception of Biscoff cookies, I don’t usually care for hard or crunchy gingersnap-based cookies and much prefer soft, supple, tender ones. I’ve eaten gingersnaps before that are so snappy it feels like I’m going to chip a tooth. No thanks.

These molasses cookies are soft and chewy, thanks in part to a higher brown to granulated sugar ratio, which renders cookies softer, moister, and more intensely flavored.

I also added a couple tablespoons of canola oil to the batter to keep the cookies soft, which is a trick I learned with the Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. Although those cookies were so soft that they were almost limp, oil has a fantastic tenderizing effect on the finished cookies. Rather than a half cup, just two tablespoons did the trick.

The recipe takes advantage of using melted butter, which means you don’t even need to dirty a mixer to make these. Add the first twelve ingredients together, all at once to the bowl,  many of which are spices, and stir. If you don’t keep all the spices on hand, you can mix-and-match a bit based on what you have. Then fold in flour, baking soda, chocolate chips and chocolate chunks, and refrigerate the dough for at least two hours, up to five days. Because the butter is warm, and from stirring and working the dough, if you try to bake these without chilling the dough, chances are that the cookies will spread.

The spices used, including cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, are all used in significant enough quantities to really stand up to the powerful punch of molasses, and not become lost. Too often ginger and molasses cookies are a little lackluster so I made sure these are well-spiced and robustly flavored. If you’re like me and normally double the cinnamon and ginger in recipes, before doing so, taste the batter because I’ve been mindful of that, but of course, season to taste.

Taste preferences for warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg are highly personal and the oomph of the batter is also dependent on the quality of the spices used. This is the cinnamon I buy in bulk and code AVE630 at checkout saves you another five bucks.

And before baking, I rolled each cookie through a cinnamon-sugar mixture, further boosting the spice quotient.

To achieve a crackled appearance on top of the cookies, and to expose some of the glorious chocolate that laid under the surface of these golden puffy nuggets, immediately after taking the cookies out of the oven, I firmly but gently tapped each cookie with the back of a spoon. Whack-whack. Because my cookie dough was well-chilled, the cookies stayed quite domed while baking and the tap-tap-tapping flattened them a bit and easily broke their warm surfaces, exposing glistening, shiny, luscious chocolate.

Allow the cookies to cool and firm up on the baking sheets for about five minutes so you don’t have a literal hot chocolate mess on your hands.

Moist and puffy cookies with soft centers, chewy edges, robustly-flavored with rich molasses, warm ginger, fragrant cinnamon; and a trifecta of chocolate. When I see puddles of chocolate, I can’t help but to dig in.

They’re a perfect holiday cookie exchange cookie. Or to exchange with just yourself.

Molasses Triple Chocolate Cookies - Soft & chewy molasses cookies for chocolate lovers. Made with cocoa, chocolate chips & chocolate chunks! Easy recipe at

Molasses Triple Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 18 cookies

I love soft, tender, yet chewy molasses cookies that are robustly flavored and these cookies fit the bill. They're very amply flavored with molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Chocolate is used three times- cocoa powder and both chocolate chips and chocolate chunks are used, making these perfect for chocolate lovers.The best part of making these cookies is that the first twelve ingredients are combined all at once in a bowl and whisked, no need to even dirty the mixer. Don't forget to give these a couple whacks with a back of spoon after baking them as it's the secret to a crackled top appearance and exposing all that wonderful melted chocolate.


For the Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 large egg

1 cup brown sugar, packed (either light or dark)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup unsulphered molasses (not blackstrap, it's much more pungent and bitter; I use Grandma's Original)

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon natural unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour* (see note)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

6 ounces (3/4 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips

about 5 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate or dark chocolate, roughly chopped into chunks (I use Trader Joe's 72% Pound Plus bar; use a favorite bold dark chocolate or chocolate bar)

For the Cinnamon-Sugar Coating for Rolling

about 3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon


For the Cookies - In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power. To the slightly cooled butter (so you don't scramble the egg), add the next eleven ingredients - the egg, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, molasses, oil, vanilla, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and whisk vigorously to combine until batter is smooth and silky. Add the flour, baking, soda and stir to just incorporate; batter will be thick (Note regarding flour- I live in San Diego and it's incredibly dry here this time of year and I likely need less flour than other climates. I used 2 1/4 cups plus about 2 tablespoons flour. Depending on your climate and humidity, you may wish to start with 2 1/4 cups and increase to 2 1/2 cups flour, as necessary. The dough should be quite thick, albeit sticky and tacky, courtesy of the molasses)

Fold in the chocolate chips and chocolate baking chunks (I used nearly 6 ounces; using a total of 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips is okay if you don't have baking chocolate or a chocolate bar to chop). Cover mixing bowl or transfer batter to an airtight food storage container and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, up to 5 days, prior to baking.

Preheat oven to 350F, line two baking trays with Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mats liners, parchment, or spray with cooking spray; set aside.

For the Cinnamon-Sugar Coating for Rolling - In a small bowl, combine about 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and stir to combine.

Using a cookie scoop, form 2-ounce mounds of dough and roll each ball through the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place on baking trays, spaced about 2 inches apart (I bake 8 to a tray). Allow cookies to bake in fairly domed-up, mounded, ball-like shapes. Bake for about 8 to 9 minutes, or until tops have just set, taking care not to overbake so they stay soft and chewy. Note - The cookies in the photos are baked for exactly 8 minutes, and they're soft with melted chocolate.

Upon removing trays from oven, if cookies stayed domed while baking (likely they will) immediately give cookies a firm yet gentle tap or two with the back of a spoon to flatten them. This creates a crackled top appearance and exposes some of the melted chocolate chips and chunks. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes before moving them to a rack to finish cooling. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Related Recipes:

Chocolate Molasses Chocolate Chip Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze – Between the flavor and textures in cake, from the cocoa powder, molasses, coffee, chopped Medjool dates, chocolate chips, and then the finishing touch of Baileys glaze, this is a decadent cake fit for a celebration or holiday parties. The cake batter comes together with one bowl and a whisk in minutes

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies {from Jacques Torres} – These cookies are loaded with chocolate chips, at over an ounce of chocolate per cookie. From making these cookies, I learned lessons in both adding more chocolate to my chocolate chip-based cookies and about using bread flour in cookies. A combination of bread flour and cake flour is used and the bread flour helps to create hearty and very chewy cookies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – Although the original recipe doesn’t call for molasses, I remade them with about two tablespoons molasses and increased the amount of flour slightly, and the infusion of molasses, paired with the pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves is heavenly

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting – This bread is a mixture of both pumpkin and banana flavors, and also incorporates molasses, providing depth and boldness. The flavor from the browned butter frosting is lovely with the other key ingredients

Cookie Butter Spread Ginger Molasses Cookies (no-bake, vegan, with GF option) – Easy, no-bake little cookie dough discs that come together in minutes using cookie butter spread (Biscoff or Trader Joe’s), ginger, molasses,  and are finished with a chocolate drizzle

Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Dough Balls (no-bake, vegan, GF)  No-bake cookie dough balls using all-natural ingredients and can be made in a blender in less than five minutes

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola (vegan, GF) – Molasses is used in this rich blend of flavors, including pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, and peanut butter for a robustly-flavored granola that’s a snap to make at home for pennies on the dollar compared to storebought

Do you like molasses, ginger, or gingersnap cookies? What name do you call them?

There are a ridiculous amount of variations for these cookies, from the nomenclature to the recipes. If you have a recipe for soft and chewy molasses cookies, I need to know about it.

Are there any favorite holiday desserts or cookies you’re excited to make?

If you have any favorite recipes or favorite holiday desserts, feel free to include recipe links. I love hearing about tried-and-true recipes.

Thanks for the Red Star Platinum Yeast Gift Basket Giveaway entries and have a great Thanksgiving week.


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  2. Oh my – these look divine. I just bought molasses but didn’t have a plan for it – I think we have a winner!

  3. these look AMAZING! molasses cookies are my absolute favorite. adding chocolate – genius idea. weirdly, in my family we always call them gingersnaps, although we are completely on team-soft-and-chewy-cookie and would not want them to be “snappy” at all!

  4. Ohh those huge chocolate cars from TJ’s are SO tempting, so I can’t blame you for throwing some in these!

  5. Yum Averie!! I love gingersnaps…crunchy. Actually frozen. Talk about chipping a tooth :) But these? Totally would make my teeth happy!!

  6. The melty gooeyness of this looks just unreal good! What a fun twist on the traditional

  7. You know I’m not a chocolate fan but I can certainly appreciate an amazing looking cookie. Those just scream fall too and I can almost smell them baking. Yum.

  8. The way that chocolate oozes out of that cookie, hooooooold meh.

  9. Oh my GOODNESS, Averie! These look stunning!!! I adore good molasses cookies – all the better with ooey gooey chocolate!

  10. Hey girl – you are killing it lately! I’ve seen your recipes/pictures everywhere! These look DIVINE – yum yum yum!

  11. These look right up my alley! And I love soft chewy cookies. I made something very similar for Christmas last year and everyone loved them…except one person who said molasses should not have chocolate in it. Oh well, I happen to love the combo!
    Btw, have you used the robust molasses? What do you think of it?

    • Well as I mentioned in the post, robust molasses in general, i.e. Blackstrap, is usually a little TOO robust for me. It does depend on the brand and labeling can be confusing I find…because a little goes a long way with molasses and too much isn’t a good thing! For us anyway!

  12. I’ve never made gingersnaps and definitely don’t like a hard crunchy cookie either. Soft and puffy is my preference and all that gooey chocolate looks heavenly! I bought some chocolate covered candied ginger pieces and didn’t really care for them (ginger can get a little overpowering for me), but I chopped them up and sprinkled them into a brownie batter and really liked it. My mom makes cashew cookies with browned butter frosting around the holidays and it has always been one of my favorites.

  13. These seriously look incredible. My boys love gingersnap cookies, but do NOT like the ones that break your teeth when eating them and honestly, it’s had to find a super moist one on the shelves of the local market. These are going to be a must bake! I love that you went whack-whack with your spoon to give the tops the look they have. And all the chocolate you put in? What a perfect addition. I am learning so much about baking from your blog: refrigeration of dough, chunks of chocolate, awesome recipes! Thanks, Averie! :-)

    • Ok LMK how these go for you – and yes, to keep the dough from being too gloppy to work with, have to almost over-flour it. And then they rise up so strong in the oven so I had to solve that, whack-whack, done. :)

      Glad you are learning things – that’s awesome and that you actually MAKE my stuff is always a treat for me!

  14. Molasses cookies are so good I can hardly imagine how insanely delicious they’d be with chocolate! Great idea !

  15. It may sound like a big surprise to you but I love molasses! And I do often use it in baking instead of sugar (not the case in this recipe though). In addition to sweetness it has that rustic flavor, mmm…. Give me a bottle I’d drink molasses! :)

  16. These look just about perfect! Love how chewy and stuffed with chocolate they are!

  17. The chocolate-molasses combination seems so perfect! Love the cookies – especially for the “triple” in the name. :) They looks scrumptious, Averie!

  18. I don’t generally like molasses or ginger-anything, yet I’m sitting here drooling over these. Well done. ;P

  19. Now I’m craving cookies. Love how you loaded them with chocolate and rolled them in cinnamon and sugar.

  20. I love your molasses kick.
    I adore using molasses.
    Have you used blackstrap molasses in baking?
    I know it’s really good for you, but I wonder if it’s still healthy even if it’s baked/heated thru?
    Sometimes they lose their potency

    • I wrote about that I don’t really use blackstrap in baking b/c it’s too pungent and bitter for me. Some people I guess like that, but not me! ha! And I’ve read about losing some efficacy after it’s heated, too; but who knows….

  21. These look amazing Averie! How are you? Miss you xoxoxo

  22. Holy crap, this cookie is calling my name!!

  23. We’re on the same page—I’ve been using molasses all week, and made similar cookies. I like how you’ve deconstructed the recipe for us, these cookies look positively voluptuous!

    • They were so voluptuous coming out of the oven they needed a little smackdown with the spoon. And happily release their chocolate gooeyness!

      I want your chips. And your cookies. And your jams/jellies. I would buy your pantry!

  24. Oh-my-goodness, these sound like my dream cookies! I absolutely LOVE molasses and cannot believe I hadn’t tried to incorporate them into a cookie (aside from the traditional Dutch speculaas). Serious yummy-ness here

  25. Wow, Averie – you seriously come up with the best cookie recipes! And how can a girl ever say no to three times the chocolate?!

  26. We are the same! I think the difference between molasses and ginger cookies is the ratio – they are bascally the same cookie (and I don’t mean gingersnaps, I mean soft, chewy ginger cookies and soft chewy molasses cookies) but molasses have a higher molasses:ginger ratio. The molasses flavor hits you in the face with a ginger chaser. In ginger coookies you get the ginger bite the whole time with subtle molasses undertones.

    I’ve clearly thought about this too much. :D

  27. I want my Birthday Cake to be made out of these cookies. OH, and I am so pinning this immediately.

  28. these look incredible, averie (as usual!) my tried-and-true xmas cookie recipe is my figgy pudding cookie! everyone has raved about them each time i’ve made them:

  29. Love the triple chocolate in these cookies!

  30. If I wasn’t sitting in an airport terminal right now, I’d run to my kitchen to make these — holy chocolate overload!! I’ve definitely got molasses cookies on my list of cookies to make this week – nothing says holiday season more!

  31. Oh, how I love a good chewy, chocolatey, spiced cookie! And I love giving cookies a sugar bath before going into the oven! These look delightful! I say nay! to crispy cookies too. :D

  32. Oh my, oh my! Look at these cookies – I want 3 and a glass of milk right now! SIGH. Gorgeous job, Averie!

  33. I assumed when I saw these this morning on pinterest that they called for softened butter, if I’d read the ingredients then I totally would have made them immediately!

    • Girl I was the same way when I went to make these – I was in a hurry and didn’t want to cream or beat anything. And wanted to just get it DONE! So, I melted it.

      But seriously, 10 to 12 secs in my micro for a stick of cold butter is the perfect solution. Just do that next time!

  34. Oh man Averie! You’re killing me with these. Molasses cookies are my FAVORITE and with chocolate? To. Die. For.

  35. It’s been a long standing tradition in my family to make Swedish Pepparkakor at Christmas time. It’s the closest cookie I can compare to gingersnaps! I will be posting a recipe after my kids make this year’s batch!

  36. YUM! These cookies look stunningly delicious. I love molasses but I would never imagine it paired well with chocolate.

  37. Soft cookies are always my fave. I also love molasses and ginger cookies. Such a good idea to taste the batter for the level of spice just like a savory recipe. Can’t believe I’ve never thought of that before.

    • Yes you ALWAYS have to taste the batter – especially in something like this, a spicy cookie. Everything from cake batter to muffin batter to jam before I seal it to bread dough – I taste it all! And every once in awhile I’ll bake something I havent baked in ages and then just randomly not taste it, and I pull it out of the oven a little…meh…because my spices weren’t quite on point. Sometimes 1/2 tsp cinnamon can totally change something from meh to YES! :)

  38. I am obsessed with how crinkle-y these are Averie! They literally look perfect and I’m going to have to try your molasses cookie next time! I made my gingersnaps again over this past weekend and added chocolate chips, like the little thumbprint butterscotch version I made. SO good! Everything about your cookies today is spot on, Averie. The amount of brown sugar used, the plethora of spices, the generous cinnamon/sugar rolling, the chocolate threefold, and melty chocolate on top – these cookies are screaming christmas to me!! I’m intrigued by your newfound love of oil in cookie recipes because you’re right – you get the best out of both worlds using butter with a touch of oil. Buttery flavor, soft/moist qualities of cake in a cookie. Now I’m eager to try it! And your photos were easy to recognize on FG this morning. Pinning these – I’ve got to try them!

    • Thanks for the Pin! And the crinkly is from the tap-tap with the spoon at the very end after they come out of the oven. Because I felt like I had to *almost* over-flour them to get the dough to come together (pumpkin doughs are so tricky!) they stayed pretty domed while baking so I though, well, I can fix this! :)

      Thanks for the fabulous comment. You totally get every.single.aspect of the whole recipe development b/c I know you go thru the same!

  39. These look simply fabulous, awesome job! My nieces would make them disappear quick! :-)

  40. Why did I read your post? Why??? I hate to say this, but I have all of the ingredients (even the Pounder Bar) and I’m off work tomorrow. I have time now to make the batter. This is to dangerous. Can I be trusted in my house alone tomorrow with a batch or two of these cookies? Probably not. Should I be sweet and bake a few of them at 4am to give to my Husband to take to work with him? After all, cookies taste best the day you make them. Dam you Averie!!! I don’t know if I should love you or hate you? Now I have to make two of your bread recipes, your cranberry bliss bars and now these cookies. Oh and didn’t you posted a vanilla doodle cookie too. Thats in my must make folder. I think I may have to dedicate a whole day to you!!!

  41. Oh goodness this cookie looks like all sorts of A-MAZING!! I love soft and chewy cookies too…not a crunchy cookie type of gal.

  42. that cinnamon sugar on the top just love. and i love molasses cookies..wonder if I can convince my mom to try this new recipe and deviate from our old reliable!

  43. Unlike you, I’m totally a fan of Blackstrap, but I agree that it is pungent. I usually add it very carefully! You are so reading my mind here. I have that exact same chocolate bar in my pantry right now. Just waiting to be baked with…

    • And if you’re making them for others, you always have to be mindful of their tastes, too. I can get away with lots with my own family but certain things I season to the MAX with say cinnamon and I could never put that on a holiday platter :)

  44. These are absolutely drool-worthy – I love it! I’ll definitely be bookmarking these.

  45. OMG Averie! I think I am saying that way to much on your blog, but seriously, these look so yummy. My absolute favorite cookie is molasses and pair that with chocolate, wow! I am totally making these and printing and pinning the recipe right now. I will let you know how they turn out when I make them.

  46. Averie, every post of yours makes me swoon but this one takes it to the next level. Wowee! I love soft molasses/gingersnap cookies and adding the many different kinds of chocolate is brilliant. Your photos as usual are stunning and I learned so many great tips from this post – namely the addition of canola oil and tapping the tops of the cookies to expose some of the melted chocolate. Fabulous!

  47. I like molasses, ginger and ginger snap cookies! I always get excited about holiday baking, but I really shouldn’t do much of it since I don’t eat any of it. I do all baking that I do for other people.

  48. These cookies are what my dreams are made of! I cannot wait to make them and eat them while they are warm and melty fresh out of the oven!

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