26 Holiday-Perfect Molasses Recipes (Cookies, Cakes, and More!)

Holiday bakers, get ready! Now that the Christmas season is in full swing, it’s time to bake up a host of sweet treats that capture the flavors of the season. Though it often isn’t the featured ingredient, molasses lends its distinctly sweet and bitter flavor to all kinds of holiday treats. And since I’m a huge fan of all things molasses, I thought it was about time to put this baking staple front and center.

If you’re a molasses lover like me, head below for 26 mouthwatering, holiday-perfect molasses recipes! From cake to cookies to hot chocolate, we’ve got holiday sweets covered!

  • 26 Holiday-Perfect Molasses Recipes 1 of 27
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    From classic cookies and cakes to creative and decadent desserts, here are 26 holiday-perfect molasses recipes that will have you baking up a storm this December!

  • Salt and Pepper Gingerbread Cookies 2 of 27
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    These classic gingerbread cookies have a little secret — pepper! Pepper lends a hint of spice to traditional Christmas cookies.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Pumpkin Ginger Pie 3 of 27
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    Molasses and ginger add some unexpected flavor notes to this pumpkin pie recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Gingerbread Molasses Cookies 4 of 27
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    Get your kids in on the baking fun with these simple molasses crinkle cookies!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies 5 of 27
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    Have a little holiday fun with these lightly-spiced pumpkin whoopie pies.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Sarah O'Donnell 

  • Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes 6 of 27
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    These inspired dark chocolate and pumpkin cupcakes are a sophisticated dessert that's perfect for almost any occasion.
    Bakeaholic Mama has the recipe
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  • Chocolate Chip Ginger Blondies 7 of 27
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    Go for some bold flavors with these gingery, chocolate chip- and pecan-studded blondies.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Ginger Molasses Bundt Cake 8 of 27
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    Bundt cakes are a staple of holiday baking, and this cake is every bit as classic as it looks.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Low-Fat Ginger Molasses Crinkles 9 of 27
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    Crinkles are an incredibly forgiving cookie, even for baking newbies. This low-fat crinkle cookie bakes up beautifully, no matter how much experience you have.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Make-Ahead Molasses Cookies 10 of 27
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    Need something sweet in a hurry? These tasty molasses cookies offer up make-ahead convenience for the busiest holiday bakers.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kelsey Banfield 

  • Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies 11 of 27
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    These big, chewy ginger molasses cookies make for a great holiday cookie. And, they're vegan to-boot!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky 

  • Molasses-Glazed Pumpkin Chocolate Cake 12 of 27
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    Go all-in (dessert-wise) with this decadent pumpkin chocolate cake with a sweet and gooey molasses glaze.
    The Tomato Tart has the recipe
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  • Molasses Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches 13 of 27
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    Could this be the best dessert ever? Molasses lends its distinct sweet and pleasantly bitter flavor to these incredible molasses ice cream cookie sandwiches.
    Foodness Gracious has the recipe
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  • Chocolate-Stuffed Gingerbread Cookies 14 of 27
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    At last, a cookie that solves the age-old dilemma of chocolate or gingerbread. Now, you can have it all.
    I Heart Eating has the recipe
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  • Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pie 15 of 27
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    Next time you need a fun wintertime treat, try these hearty oatmeal cookie sandwiches. 
    Shugary Sweets has the recipe
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  • Iced Molasses Cookies 16 of 27
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    A drizzle of icing makes these molasses cookies perfect.
    I Heart Eating has the recipe
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  • Gluten-Free Gingerbread Pancakes 17 of 27
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    Try this gluten-free gingerbread pancake recipe for a healthier holiday breakfast!
    An Edible Mosaic has the recipe
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  • Healthier Chocolate Chunk Molasses Cookies 18 of 27
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    Leave the guilt behind and enjoy a couple of these healthier chocolate molasses cookies.
    Running to the Kitchen has the recipe
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  • Old-Fashioned Apple Spice Cake 19 of 27
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    Bake up this spicy sweet old-fashioned apple cake for a classic holiday treat.
    Sweet Anna's has the recipe
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  • Molasses Crinkles 20 of 27
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    Perfectly cooked molasses crinkle cookies are one of my favorite things about December.
    An Edible Mosaic has the recipe
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  • Gingerbread Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce 21 of 27
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    Guess what? This over-the-top, totally decadent gingerbread bread pudding with bourbon sauce is actually a cinch to make.
    The Law Student's Wife has the recipe
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  • Gingerbread Blondies 22 of 27
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    Gingerbread blondies are an unexpected knockout, and with molasses buttercream, they're out of this world.
    Rock Recipes has the recipe
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  • Gingerbread White Hot Chocolate 23 of 27
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    Have your molasses as a dreamy winter sip with this fantastic gingerbread white hot chocolate recipe.
    The Nutmeg Nanny has the recipe
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  • Gingerbread Magic Cake 24 of 27
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    What makes this gorgeous cake magic? Bake up a batch and find out!
    Foodness Gracious has the recipe
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  • Dark and Stormy Cupcakes 25 of 27
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    Inspired by the classic cocktail, these dark and stormy cupcakes are perfect for a grown-up holiday dessert.
    An Edible Mosaic has the recipe
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  • Molasses Guinness Irish Beer Bread 26 of 27
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    Make up a batch of this savory homemade Irish beer bread for your next holiday gathering and watch the compliments roll in.
    Bake Love Give has the recipe
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  • Molasses Date Oatmeal Muffins 27 of 27
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    These moist muffins are perfectly hearty and satisfying on chilly winter mornings.
    Farm Fresh Feasts has the recipe
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