These old-fashioned molasses cookies with apple have a familiar and delicious comfort food taste.

Molasses and Apple Cookies on Plate

Molasses has a unique flavor that’s mild and somewhat sweet.

It has a taste that’s reminiscent to gingerbread (likely because gingerbread is often made with molasses).

These apple molasses cookies are slightly moist, crispy and not overly sweet.

This is an old family recipe that I revised slightly to include diced fresh apple.

About the Molasses

I especially like how the molasses not only adds delicious comfort food flavor, but it also gives the cookies a pretty dark brown color.

Molasses is actually a by-product from processing of sugar cane, grapes or sugar beets into sugar.

It’s used to flavor whole wheat bread, pie fillings and for making brown sugar.

On the Kitchn.com website, there’s a helpful article that has more information about molasses you may like called “Everything You Need To Know About Molasses”.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Molasses Cookie Ingredients

Butter, brown sugar, molasses, egg, flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, diced apple and granulated sugar

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the Dry Ingredients – In a medium size bowl, add flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

Whisk the dry ingredients together.

Set aside.

Butter in Bowl

For the Cookie Dough – In a large bowl, add butter…

Brown Sugar in Bowl

…and brown sugar.

Molasses Cookie Dough

Using a hand or stand mixer, cream together.

Pouring Molasses

Pouring Molasses

To the bowl, add molasses…

Molasses in Cookie Dough

Egg in Cookie Dough

…and egg.

Cookie Dough in Bowl

Using a mixer, mix together until creamy.

Add Flour to Cookie Dough

To the bowl with the butter mixture, slowly add the dry ingredients a little at a time while using a mixer on low speed.

Cookie Dough in Bowl

Next,

Diced Apple in Spoon

…add 2 heaping tablespoons of diced apple

Diced Apple in Cookie Dough

…to the bowl.

Molasses Cookie Dough

Using a sturdy spatula or spoon, stir the diced apple into the cookie dough.

Rolling the Cookie Dough Balls – To a small bowl, add granulated sugar and set aside.

Roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls and set on a plate.

Molasses Cookie Dough

Roll each dough ball in granulated sugar and…

Molasses Cookie Dough Ball

…place them onto an ungreased cookie sheet pan (in batches).

Molasses Cookie Dough Ball

Baking the Cookies – Bake in a preheated oven (at 375 degrees F.) until the cookies start to show “cracks” on the top (about 10 minutes).

Molasses Cookies on Rack

Transfer the cookies onto a cooling rack and…

Apple Molasses Cookies

Apple Molasses Cookies

…let cool before serving.

Bite of Molasses Cookie

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Molasses and Apple Cookies

Old Fashioned Apple Molasses Cookies

A familiar comfort food taste from a traditional old-fashioned cookie.
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter (salted) softened
  • 1 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (heaping) diced apple
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • For the Dry Ingredients - In a medium size bowl, add flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Whisk the dry ingredients together.  Set aside.
  • For the Cookie Dough- In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. 
  • To the bowl with the butter mixture, add molasses and egg, and beat until creamy.  
  • To the bowl with the butter mixture, slowly add the dry ingredients a little at a time while using a hand mixture on low speed. 
  • To the cookie dough, with a large sturdy spoon, stir in the diced apple (2 heaping tablespoons)
  • Rolling the Cookie Dough Balls - In a small bowl, add granulated sugar and set aside.  
  • Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and set them onto a large plate. 
  • Roll each dough ball in granulated sugar and place them onto an ungreased baking sheet pan (in batches)
  • Baking the Cookies - Bake in a preheated oven (at 375 degrees F.) until the cookies start to show "cracks" on the top (about 10 minutes).
  • Transfer the cookies onto a cooling rack and let cool before serving.

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