Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies {Holiday Eats}

Oooooh I’m super excited to share my first cookie recipe of the holiday season with you!  I love holiday baking and it can never come fast enough for me…especially Christmas cookies like shortbread, Turtle cookies, and Rugelach. Christmas cookies are the best.  Seriously.

This post is part of a Rustic Christmas Blog Hop that I’m participating in with some extremely talented Canadian bloggers!  Check out their projects at the bottom of this post…some beautiful ideas there!

So now, let’s get back coooooookies…..

Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies {A Pretty Life}

This year I started my Christmas cookie baking with these Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies.  I have been envisioning these cookies ever since I found this cookie stamp from Crate & Barrel!  Right away I pictured spicy cookies, rustic wood and red & black lumberjack ribbon…so I made it happen.  😉

Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies {A Pretty Life}

These cookies turned out soft, spicy and really really good!  My kids absolutely loved them…who can’t love a cookie baked for Santa?!


This recipe makes a really big batch so you can eat some now and freeze the rest for later, which is great for the holiday season.  Just pop them in the freezer and pull them out as needed for friends or unexpected guests.  Also I should mention that using the cookie stamp took some trial and error.  I found the best way to make it work was to bake the cookies partially first, then stamp them halfway through the baking process.  When I stamped the dough before baking the wording kind of disappeared.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy these!


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Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies {Holiday Eats}
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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup molasses


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. With a mixer, cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Add in the eggs one at a time.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating the flour mix with the molasses and milk.
  6. Separate the dough into 2 large balls - this just makes rolling out the dough easier and more manageable.
  7. Lay one ball of dough on a sheet of parchment paper and flatten it slightly. Then put another piece of parchment paper on top and roll the dough with a rolling pin, keeping the dough thick (up to 1 cm).
  8. Repeat with the second ball of dough.
  9. Refrigerate the rolled out dough for at least 15 minutes. This makes cutting the dough with cookie cutters much easier.
  10. If you are using a cookie stamp:
  11. After the cookie dough has chilled cut the cookies into circle shapes the same size as the stamp you are using. (I used a drinking glass to make these shapes).
  12. Bake the cookies for 5 minutes then remove them from the oven and quickly and gently press the cookie stamp onto each of the cookies.
  13. Return the cookies to the oven and bake for 3 more minutes.
  14. If you are using regular cookie cutters and no cookie stamp:
  15. After the dough has chilled cut it out with your favourite shapes.
  16. Bake for 8 minutes.


- If you like soft, chewy cookies bake for 8 minutes. For crispier cookies bake for 10 minutes.
- These freeze very nicely!

Recipe adapted from Crosby’s Molasses

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Not only are cookies delicious, but they make a perfect holiday gift for friends, teachers, gift exchanges…just wrap them up in some parchment paper and pretty ribbon.  I found this beautiful lumberjack ribbon from May Arts Ribbon…I ordered so many great ribbons for my Christmas baking this year!

Ginger Spice Molasses Cookies {A Pretty Life}


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Now here are more rustic projects from some very talented Canadian bloggers…head on over and show them some love!  🙂

Rustic Christmas Ideas

Santa Cookies from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Deer Head String Art from Clean and Sentsible

Vintage Door Advent from The DIY Mommy

Rag Ribbon Christmas Trees from Craftberry Bush

Rustic Christmas Tree from Fynes Designs

Christmas Window Box from Echoes of Laughter

Ribbon Napkin Rings from Suburble

Vintage Table Setting from The Sweetest Digs

Twig Stars and Snowflakes from The DIY Dreamer

Pretty Gift Wrapping from The Sweetest Escape

Rustic Wreath from North Story

Wood Block Presents from The Happy Housie

Winter Swag from Satori Design for Living 

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Have a delicious and inspired day!

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  • Reply Christine November 14, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    Oh!! Thanks for the recipe Jo-Anna!! Those cookies and stamp are ADORABLE!! Pinned!

  • Reply Virginia Fynes November 14, 2014 at 5:32 AM

    Mmmm, I love Molases cookies, makes me think of my grandmother, they were her specialty. I’m going to file this one under must bake!

  • Reply Barb November 14, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    OMG what a beautiful series of photos …

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Thank you Mom! 🙂 I had fun with this shoot – it came together just right.

  • Reply Alex November 14, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    I am pretty sure these are my favourite cookies you’ve ever made!!

  • Reply LUCY November 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

    Jo…how gorgeous!! your photos are killing me…just perfect! xo

  • Reply Sarah [Nurse Loves Farmer] November 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    These are so beautiful!

  • Reply Shauna November 14, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    These look fantastic. Love ginger cookies!

  • Reply Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean November 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Omg these are beautiful. Love the stamp idea :-).

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Thank you Sarah! It’s the first time I’ve used cookie stamps and now I think I’m addicted! 😉

  • Reply La Cuisine d'Helene November 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    These are beautiful and I want to buy the cookie cutters!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 15, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Thank you Helene! Aren’t they great?! You can find them at Crate and Barrel…they’re very reasonably priced too.

      • Reply La Cuisine d'Helene November 16, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        We don’t have one in Ottawa. I don’t know if we can order online from Crate and Barrel.

  • Reply Julia @ Swirls and Spice November 14, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    The more molasses the better! Love the cookie stamp idea too!

  • Reply Jenn November 14, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    These sounds delicious and I LOVE that cookie cutter! Your photos are gorgeous as always!

  • Reply Jenn November 14, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    P.S. Your header is simply adorable – love it!!

  • Reply Tara November 14, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Okay – these are simply lovely. Well done, Jo-Anna. I’m DYING for that cookie stamp!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 15, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Thank you Tara! I LOVE this stamp too…you can find it at Crate and Barrel.

  • Reply Melissa November 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    I adore these! They are so simple but perfect and the trendy plaid ribbon makes them the coolest handmade gift! (PS, what do you use to create the digital recipe card?)

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Thanks Melissa! I use the WP plug-in called Easy Recipe Plus – it’s great!

  • Reply Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.con November 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    This is such a beautiful (and delicous) tour Jo-Anna! Your pictures are gorgeous! I can hardly wait to start Christmas baking every year too! I’ll have to try these! Have a great Saturday!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Thank you Kendra! I love Christmas baking too – it’s so fun! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Louisa [Living Lou] November 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Oh how I love ginger molasses cookies! Definitely the perfect recipe to kickstart holiday baking (I still can’t believe it’s that time of year already…). Love the stamp you used on these cookies, they are too cute.

  • Reply Christina @The DIY Mommy November 16, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    These are the most adorable looking cookies I have ever seen! The sound delicious too. YUM!

  • Reply Angie@Echoes of Laughter November 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    They look amazing Jo-Anna! Great job with the stamp! There is nothing better than a warm molasses cookies…I especially like the thick ones like you made! Yum! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

  • Reply Lindi November 18, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I LOVE these cookies! What an amazing stamp!! Great tips on using it too – in case I can get the stamp one day too! It’s great to “meet” some more Canadian bloggers too! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Lindi @

  • Reply Claudia @ HomeMade with love November 21, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Guess I am not the fist one to start with Christmas Cookies 🙂 I thought I am early 🙂
    These look so beautiful. On my list to do! 🙂

  • Reply Teri@The Freshman Cook November 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    These are just adorable! Love the cookies and the ribbon! I would love if you would share this at my blog party, Celebrate It! The party is all about celebrating our wonderful everyday life!

  • Reply Krista @ the happy housie November 25, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    These look absolutely amazing, Jo-Anna! Pinned and trying this year…well, maybe not because we won’t have kitchen countertops installed until the week of December 17th. Maybe they can be for after Christmas?? Fun to be on this blog hop with you- sorry it took me so long to get over here!

  • Reply Melissa | Persnickety Plates December 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    These are gorgeous, JoAnna!

  • Reply Jess December 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Hi Jo-Anna! I just made these and ran into a problem. I followed the directions exactly and the dough came out far too sticky to do anything with (even after chilling for upwards of an hour). I wound up having to add a lot more flour (more than a cup extra). The dough never firmed up enough to do cutouts. I wound up rolling them into balls, dunking them in sugar, then pressing a fork into them for texture. They turned out delicious, but it would have been fun to stamp them like the photo. Thanks for a tasty cookie recipe, nonetheless!

    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Hi Jess! That’s a bummer! I’ve made them a couple of times, and the dough is a bit sticky, but I’ve been able to roll it…not sure what happened with yours! Sorry they didn’t turn out for you!

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