Pumpkin-Molasses Cookies

This pumpkin-molasses cookie is the perfect hybrid of several traditional holiday season flavors and instantly became a family favorite! This recipe combines gingerbread, spice cake, and sugar cookie flavors into one mouthwatering, chewy cookie that will please everyone!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
36 cookies


  • ¾ cup butter-flavored shortening

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ¾ cup white sugar, divided

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Slowly melt shortening in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Combine cooled shortening with brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, molasses, and egg; mix well.

  3. Mix flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl until well blended. Add to the moist ingredients and use your hands to gently push the mixture together, similar to kneading. Dough will be quite crumbly; do not add any liquids. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets with butter. Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a small, shallow bowl.

  5. Work about 1 tablespoon chilled dough at a time and roll into a ball. Lightly roll balls into sugar to coat and place on the prepared baking sheets.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 9 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

96 Calories
5g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 1g
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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