Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookies

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins

These are the the extra large, extra expensive cookies available at Starbucks. This recipe came from

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees with the rack in the center. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves into a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl with mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. With mixer on medium speed, beat in the egg and molasses, then increase the speed to high and beat about 1 minute longer, until the mixture no longer looks curdled. Scrape the sides with a rubber spatula several times while mixing.
  4. Mix in the flour mixture on low speed. The batter will be rather stiff. Place some granulated sugar on a small plate or saucer. Use a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop or a measuring cup to form 1/4-cup portions of dough. (Spray the cup or scoop with the optional non-stick vegetable spray to make it easier to release the dough.) Transfer the dough to your hands and roll each portion into a rough ball, then roll each ball into the sugar. Place six sugared balls on each baking sheet, spacing them evenly, because they will spread during baking.
  5. Dampen your fingers with water and press down lightly on each cookie to flatten it a little and dampen the top. Refrigerate one filled baking sheet while the other bakes.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cookies have spread and are firm to the touch. Rotate the sheet 180 degrees halfway through the baking time. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet.
  7. Note: This dough can be frozen for slice-and- bake cookies. Just roll into a log 2-1/2 inches thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and then in foil. Can be stored in the freezer up to 6 months.
Most Helpful

My friend sent me a recipe almost exactly like this for Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookies. The only difference is: 1/3 c of molasses and instead of cloves you add 1/2 tsp of nutmeg. I think the nutmeg is really important - it's definitely in the original Starbucks cookies. These are really great cookies and I really enjoyed. However, they are not quite the same as Starbucks :)

eillena October 20, 2007

Yes, I agree the cloves really don't have a place there, but nutmeg should be on the list not as an option. There is more molasses to be needed for that amount of baking soda, and the cookies don't need to be that high 'unless' you are making them mondo-huge like the one's at starbucks. If you're making them normal size I would reduce the heat and cook them only ten minutes. For that amount of baking soda and not enough molasses, the heat is way too high and way too long. 12 minutes for those kinds of cookies is too much.

minkey07 November 08, 2012

I followed the advice of a previous review and increased the molasses to 1/3 cup and substituted the cloves with nutmeg. I also made these cookies much smaller (one tablespoon of dough) as I definitely don't need a cookie the size of a hamburger patty! I decreased cooking time to about 8 minutes and made about 30 cookies. They are good! A bit baking soda-y but that could be because I had my 2 year old son helping me. Will definitely make again.

jkfdesigner November 08, 2011