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Sourdough Ginger Molasses Cookies

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  • Author: Julie
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 41 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These Sourdough Ginger Molasses Cookies have a soft, chewy texture and are perfectly spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.


  • 3/4 cups softened salted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 80 grams sourdough discard (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • Additional 1/2 cup sugar to coat dough balls.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper or Silpat.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together on medium speed. Add egg, molasses, and sourdough discard and mix.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger together.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl on low speed until everything is incorporated and a dough forms.
  5. Scoop dough into balls. I used a scoop that measures about 1 1/2 tablespoons. Roll the dough ball in the sugar and place on the baking sheet (12 per sheet). No need to flatten the dough balls. They will spread out as they bake.
  6. Bake for 11-13 minutes. Allow them to cool on a cookie sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 111
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Sodium: 118mg
  • Fat: 4.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 1.3g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg