Ginger Molasses Cookies

Jan 5, 2012 by

Holiday baking was fun for me. I generally look for recipes that are quick and have fairly simple ingredients. I had been searching  for cookie recipes for a few days during the holiday season (lots to go through) and I was really happy to try this. I did not adapt the ingredients for this recipe in any way. It was perfect just the way it was. Find the original recipe here.

My kids loved it, and honestly, I had a hard time restraining myself while they were cooling. I messed up my first batch because I tried to bake 8 cookies on a tray. And when I say messed up, I just mean they baked stuck together and I had to cut them so they looked like weird squares. Tasted great all the same :-). These cookies start out small but they do spread quite a bit. 6 Cookies go on a 15.5inch X 10.5inch rimmed baking tray.

I made this recipe 3 times over the holidays! Yep, they were that good! I was able to give them as gifts and as a treat at a New Year gathering. I did my cookie baking at night so I did not get to take too many photographs but here are some that I shared on Facebook while I was making them.

Here they are, “chilling out” in the fridge before baking.

Ginger Molasses Cookies – Prep


And here is the first batch cooling. Thank goodness for stackable cooling racks! I only have 3 racks but once the cookies cooled, I transferred them to a cookie pan to make way for the set coming out of the oven. I definitely need more baking trays. This will reduce the overall cooking time drastically.

Ginger Molasses Cookies Cooling



Ginger Molasses Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Lyn of The Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 32 mins
Cookies for the holidays but are good enough for any time of the year.
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar for rolling
  1. In a medium bowl, mix butter and sugars until combined
  2. Add molasses and mix until incorporated
  3. In a small bowl, whisk eggs gently to break up the yolks
  4. Add eggs to the molasses mixture and mix until combined
  5. In a medium bowl, add dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Whisk to combine.
  6. Gradually add dry ingredients into molasses mixture and mix together with a spoon (or a mixer, if you like)
  7. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour
  8. When chilled, use a mini-scoop to grab small portions and then roll into smooth balls.
  9. Roll each ball in the granulated sugar and assemble onto a baking tray. Allow to chill for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator
  10. Once chilled, place 6 balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet (I used a 15.5inch X 10.5inch rimmed sheet) leaving about 2-3 inches between each ball
  11. The balls waiting to be baked should remain in the refrigerator until ready to go in the oven
  12. Bake for 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven
  13. Bake in batches until the balls are finished. This recipe yields 54-56 cookies

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Ginger Molasses Cookies for the Christmas Holidays


Ginger Molasses Cookies – Gift


I really enjoyed these cookies. They were delightfully crispy and had a satisfying crunch. I might make some more this week – just because! :-)




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Happy New Year 2012!

Jan 3, 2012 by

I just wanted to start the year off by thanking everyone for all their support and encouragement since I created The Lovely Pantry. I have so many ideas for recipes and concepts for photographs. I’ve grown so much and met so many wonderful people along my journey so far. I’m excited and grateful to be able to continue my passion through this medium. The holiday season has been quite busy for me, to say the least. But it was wonderful to be around friends and relatives and to share meals and watch the children play together. I miss my own family immensely (parents, brother, cousins etc) but hopefully I will get to see them later this year. There’s nothing like having your own family with you during the holidays! I’m still very thankful and blessed for those that I have around me that make me feel “at home”.

Now that things are slowing down a little bit, I have a lot of posts to catch up on! I have a few goals for myself which includes posting more often, improving my photography, meeting more foodies and making bread! Those are just a few things I have on my list. Below are some photographs of a meal I prepared for an informal gathering at my home during the holidays. No recipes today. :-) I still have to show you what I cooked for my own family after Christmas. I found a new love for cookies! My husband says he thinks he’s found his new favourite cookie – this may mean trouble for me! :-)

The menu is as follows, served with Jamaican style Rice and Peas:

Lemon Herbed Salmon. I’ve made this before – here’s the recipe. Underneath that herbed crispy topping, is moist salmon. It was lovely.


Lemon Herbed Salmon with steamed veggies


Veal Pastitsio – a definite crowd pleaser. I really love it, especially because my children enjoy it.


Veal Pastitsio


My guests specifically requested Oxtail! I aim to please! I don’t have oxtail very often but I definitely indulge the few times for the year that I actually make it. It brings back memories of Jamaica.


Oxtails & White Kidney Beans


Perhaps I went a little overboard, but you have to know that I enjoy feeding people. I also love getting feedback from my experiments! So basically I used the Ginger Carrot Bread recipe and modified it. I split the batter in 2 and used smaller loaf pans to bake them in. I made a plain Ginger Carrot Bread, and another with raisins. I modified the same recipe and used Vanilla Chai Soy beverage instead of carrot juice. I made it before so I knew what it would taste like however, this time (again, I split the batter) I made one with dark chocolate chips and the other with dried cherries. Then of course I made a cake that I had not tried before – Orange cake made with orange rind and freshly squeezed orange juice. Heavenly! I will be posting that recipe very soon!


Orange Cake, Vanilla Chai Bread x2, Ginger Carrot Bread x2


After a night of entertaining, I decided to make cookies. I don’t usually make cookies but I realized if I’m going to be a kitchen Goddess, I need to be able to make everything! :-) They turned out to be a success and I was even able to give them as gifts during the holiday season. Well, not the one’s my hubby loved the most.


Ginger Molasses Cookies


And finally, this is the reason my husband adores me. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. No flour required. I was even able to use low-fat peanut butter, clearly for my own satisfaction. I plan to use organic peanut butter next time to see if there’s any major difference in the taste. That’s our secret though. He doesn’t have to know.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed ringing in the New Year. I wish everyone the utmost success in everything they hope to achieve and accomplish this year and beyond. 2012 is going to be an awesome year filled with personal growth and wonderful friendships! I believe this, so I know it will become reality!

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Say hello to me anytime.

Take care.



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Ginger Carrot Bread

Sep 20, 2011 by

When I saw this recipe I just had to try it. An easy way to utilize carrot juice without having to juice dozens of carrots! Its already a winner in my book. I was very impressed with the bright colour as well as the texture of the bread. I found it quite tasty and of course, my mini food tasters gave it their seal of approval.

I found some natural (no preservatives added) carrot juice in the supermarket so I decided to try it not only with the recipe, but also to incorporate it into our diet. Eventually I’ll get into juicing, but for now, this is a great healthy addition to my baking.


Ginger Carrot Bread


  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Wholewheat Flour
  • 3/4 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Carrot Juice
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F
  2. Whisk dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl. In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients until combined. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and whisk until combined and smooth. Do not over mix as this will cause the bread to be tough.
  3. Grease an 8.5inch X 4.5inch loaf pan. Pour batter into the pan. There should be about 3/4 of batter in the pan. If there is more than that, it might spill over. Bake for 40-50 minutes.

This Ginger Carrot Bread recipe has been a certified hit and its always a pleasure to make it and share with family and friends. The gorgeous, striking colour is always a topic for discussion!



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