A Dark Chocolate Molasses cookie that is soft on the inside and a delicate crunch on the outside. Delicious enough for special occasions, but easy enough for every day. | HostessAtHeart.com

Dark Chocolate Molasses Cookies

Dark Chocolate Molasses cookies are soft on the inside with a delicate crunch on the outside. They're delicious enough for special occasions, but easy enough for every day. 
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Chill time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Servings 45 cookies
Author Julie Menghini


  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder sifted
  • 1 1/2 cup butter unsalted, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 cup hazelnuts ground (I used dry-roasted unsalted


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and sifted cocoa powder. Whisk together to combine.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add sugars, vanilla, and eggs, mixing between each addition. Add molasses and beat until combined.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll dough into 1-1/2 inch balls.
  • Roll in hazelnuts, or the topping of your choice, and place on baking sheets, two inches apart.
  • Bake for approximately 10 minutes, turning halfway through. Don't over bake.
  • Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet and then remove parchment paper to a cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • Store in an air-tight container separating layers with parchment or wax paper.


Prep time includes suggested chill time. Cookies can be rolled in powdered sugar, sprinkles, or just left plain.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 107mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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