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When it comes to cookies you get out and about, and often you feel like you have no choice but to head to these places to get that sweet fix. Not anymore! These Copycat Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookies are a taste sensation, and in my opinion, better than the ones you can buy in Starbucks. Just saying!

The chewy ginger molasses cookies are the perfect sweet treat when you want something delicious. Perfect with a cup of tea or large coffee you can enjoy these all year round, but they are especially delicious during the holiday season. Thanks to their warming flavors and spices. 

Why do we love these Copycat Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookies?

When you have favorite cookies often the thought of recreating them at home fills you with dread. After all, is it possible to get that exact flavor? I am here to tell you that this is a great recipe to follow to create delicious Starbucks-inspired cookies at home. You are going to love them.

This molasses cookies recipe is really easy to make. You don’t need too many ingredients and you will have delicious cookies ready before you know it. They are baked in less than 15 minutes and are really easy to store for when you need that spicy-sweet deliciousness. 

They are perfect at any time of the year but I think they work incredibly well during the holiday season. You can double up the batch and make them into edible gifts as well. I love how these taste so much better than the ones you can buy in your local coffee shop. The only problem you will face is that one cookie is likely not to be enough. 

Ingredients – What you need for the Copycat Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookies


We like to use all-purpose flour when it comes to our cookie recipes and as dry ingredients go, flour is one of the essentials. You will find it in most cookie recipes. The flour helps to provide structure to the cookie dough. For this recipe, you will need 2 1/4 cups. Use a sieve and spoon when adding the flour to the mixture to ensure you get the right texture. 

Baking Soda

Baking soda is such an important element to add to the flour mixture. It helps with the structure and the overall shape of the cookie. For this recipe, you need 2 tsp of baking soda. 


When it comes to cookies we mostly use unsalted and softened butter. You can control the salt levels and flavor easily this way. For these cookies, you will need 3/4 cup of butter. To soften, just leave it out on the counter for 30 minutes before you begin baking these cookies. 


Because you are using unsalted butter this is where you can control the flavor. You will only need 1/4 teaspoon.

Brown Sugar

Brown sugar will help to give that chewy texture we know and love when it comes to cookies. For this recipe, you need 1 cup of brown sugar to create delicious chewy cookies. 


One large egg is the perfect addition to get the dough’s texture just right. The egg yolk also helps with that chewy texture and golden color of the cookies.


These cookies are ginger molasses cookies, so one of the essential ingredients is to include molasses. For those unsure, molasses is the result of refining sugar canes and it is a pourable liquid. It is often used in recipes to add sweetness. It is dark in color, so will also help create a chewy molasses cookie. You need 1/4 cup of molasses for this recipe. 

The flavors 

These cookies are flavored with warming spices. Of course, you have ground ginger, but we are also adding cinnamon and nutmeg to these delicious cookies to create the Starbucks molasses cookies. You will need 1 1/4 tsp of ginger, 1tsp of cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg. 

The final touch

Finally, when you have your cookie dough balls, rolling them in granulated sugar will help to caramelize and add to the flavor of the cookies. You will need 3/4 cup of white granulated sugar. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between these ginger molasses cookies and gingerbread cookies?

The main differences are the ingredients and the texture. If you had normal gingerbread cookies then they would be crisp and crumbly. Whereas adding molasses to the cookie dough, you are going to get a soft and chewy texture. 

How do I store the copycat Starbucks ginger molasses cookies?

To keep these cookies fresh and chewy you need to store them in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature. They will be at their best for up to four days. You could also freeze these cookies individually on a baking sheet and then add them to a ziplock freezer bag. They will last for three months frozen. Just let them thaw out on the countertop before enjoying them. 

How to make the Copycat Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookies

Gather all of your ingredients together. Make sure to preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper ready for when you want to bake the cookies. 

In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Then set aside until you are ready to add them to the wet ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Then add in the molasses and egg and mix thoroughly. You can use a stand mixer or hand mixer for this part. Just make sure you use a medium speed.

Mix in the flour mixture until you create a soft cookie dough. Scoop out the dough into balls with a cookie scoop and roll them in the coarse sugar to create sugared balls.

Place on the baking sheet and bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, Let cool on a wire rack before serving.

Take these copycat Starbucks Ginger cookies to the next level

You could add some chopped dried ginger to the cookie recipe. It will really enhance that ginger flavor and make these cookies super tasty. 

If you love chocolate then why not drizzle some melted chocolate across the top of the baked cookies? Chocolate and ginger are often a combination that works well together. 

These cookies are perfect as a snack but why not add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and crumble the cookies to make a delicious dessert? Sprinkle with gingerbread syrup for extra flavor. 

Add some cocoa powder to the cookie mixture and make these cookies extra chocolatey. Yum!

Copycat Starbucks Ginger Molasses Cookies

Just like the real deal, these copycat Starbucks ginger molasses cookies are bursting with flavor and delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling


  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg -set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl beat the butter and brown sugar until fluffy, add in the molasses and egg.
  • Mix in the flour mixture. Scoop out the dough into balls and roll them in sugar.
  • Place on the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, Let cool before serving.
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