Soft Chewy Molasses Cookies with Travel

by zesty on March 26, 2009 · 22 comments

I am on my way home!  With that brings anticipation of snow and cold weather.  Oh well that is life and I will survive.  My day is action packed with 11 hours of travel so I am looking forward to getting on  solid ground.

With that being said, I though I would continue the baked goods week and share with you one of my favorite soft chewy molasses cookies. As I have mentioned before, I love soft and chewy cookies similar to the chewy chocolate chip cookies and white macadamia nut cookies.  However, I also love MOLASSES and everything about it.

These molasses cookies have a soft chewy texture.  Growing up we called them Tuffies.  Have you ever heard molasses cookies called that before?


These take no time to make and use pretty generic baking ingredients. They are also very easy to flip to Vegan cookies as well.



  • 3/4 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/2 Cup molasses
  • 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 2 Tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 Tsp. allspice
  • 1 Tsp. nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cream together butter and brown sugar.
  3. Add egg and molasses and mix well.
  4. Fold in dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Cover and chill for about an hour to firm up the batter.
  6. Take small amounts of dough and roll them in your hand to form small balls.
  7. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes.
  9. Leave on sheet one minute until set.
  10. Cool on rack.
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  12. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: when baking cookies in large batches, keep the dough chilled in between batches.  To store soft chewy cookies, I keep them in a container with a lid to prevent them from drying out.  You can also add a slice of apple in the container to keep them moist.

I will be back on the island I call home tonight.  I will see you in the morning with hopefully another fun post to lead you into the weekend.  Have a great day!

Take care


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1 Pearl

oh my gosh! I’ve made these before. I made these soft molasses cookies for my philosophy TA for christmas. when i gave them to her, she gasped and said, “My first present!” She then e-mailed me and said “Thank you for the cookies. They were so delicious – my boyfriend and I devoured them in one night!”

i’m glad it’s one of your faves, too!


2 VeggieGirl

THOSE COOKIES!!!! Oooohhhh…


3 Thomas Johnson

There are sites of nature that amaze, startle and leave you gasping for breath— and then there are awesome creations that force you to glare at them without batting your eyelids while being transported into a new world.


4 brandi

mm..i love molasses cookies. my mom’s best friend used to make them all the time for us and hers were amazing.


5 Lisa

Yum. This just reminded me that I have some leftover soft gingersnaps in the freezer.


6 greenbean

Zesty! I’m a new email subscriber and I LOVE getting your emails each day. The layout, the pictures, the wording…it’s all done so well. I love that the entire post, pics and all, are contained in one email. I’m happy to be a part of your cooking adventures.


7 rhodeygirl



8 K

I’ve never heard of the apple trick! Thanks!!


9 Sarah

I’ve never heard them called tuffies before, but we definitely grew up eating molasses cookies! Seeing your pictures evokes warm, comforting memories. :)


10 Keith (My Body Fat Percentage Blog)

Those cookies look delicious, I absolutely love soft cookies the softer the better. Definitely a recipe that I need to add to my cook book.


11 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

Safe travels Zesty. My dad grew up right on the Canadian border and pours molasses on EVERYTHING. Is that a Canadian thing? :)

He would love these cookies, and thanks for the apple tip. Never heard that one. Always so helpful Zesty!


12 Lisa D

I just broke my cardinal rule for your blog and am reading it right before dinner as my belly is grumbling(your delish cookies didn’t help)! Never heard of tuffies before…sad to see you leave that tropical paradise!


13 beva47

How ca you make them vegan ?


14 Kath

Tuffies!!!! Hahhaahha.

Love the photos :)


15 Meg

I will take a dozen please!!


16 TJ

I cannot believe the kismet, fate, whatever you call it…
I’ve been googling for an hour for a molasses cookie recipe my husband says he remembers from way back, called Tuffies…and I finally find the right one on a site created by a fellow Islander!
Thank you…we’ll be enjoying them by the end of the weekend…and your site is bookmarked high up on the favorites list…it looks delicious.


17 Stephanie

After searching pretty much all day for a recipe I wanted to try I have decided to try yours! Going to make them now! They look Delish!


18 zesty

I can’t wait to hear what you thought of them!


19 Lisa

I have been looking for a soft, chewy molasses cookie for a long time. My little Granny made some when I was a girl that were just divine! I really wish I had her recipe.

I’m looking forward to trying yours!


20 Heidi

Must be an ‘island’ thing! Googled “molasses tuffies’ and found your recipe. Thanks and Merry Christmas from a fellow Islander!


21 trixie

Your recipe Molases cookies was passed on to me by a neice. They are great! My grandchild help make them and we used some of the dough to cut out some gingerbread men. This recipe is a keeper.


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