24 molasses recipes, from predictable classics to sweet surprises

Molasses is an ingredient that keeps on giving. No matter how careful you are to scrape the jar, try to turn it vertically and come back a day later – you’ll notice another quarter cup build-up. It’s endless breadsticks, molasses edition. Here, we embrace it in twenty different recipes. Most of these recipes will satisfy one’s sweet tooth in the form of sandwich buns, bundt buns, and bars, but the holidays are all about giving, so we also offer some delicious recipes that might surprise you.

1. Spiced ginger, sugar and dark molasses biscuitss

The recipe wrote, “These biscuits are spicy, sweet, and rich in molasses. Be careful not to overcook the biscuits and you will have a chewy center that will melt in your mouth. For more spice and nibbling, add cubes of candied ginger to the mixture.” Developer TasteFood.

2. ginger biscuits

Before we get into the recipes that make you say, “I didn’t know I could use molasses for that,” we have to talk about gingerbread cookies. You know and love them, but Ella Kuettner developed this recipe using a range of spices that she says provide “the ultimate in comfort.”

3. gingerbread with ginger

What does it take to create what food editor Emma Laperoc has called the most gingerbread? 1 cup of really strong ginger ale (the good kind), 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger, and ½ cup of ground ginger. It should do the trick, right?

4. Triple Ginger Cookies With Chocolate

When I worked for Martha Stewart, these gingerbread chocolate brownies from former food editor Susan Spongen were legendary stuff. They love the best chocolate chip cookies and the best gingerbread cookie wrapped in one sugar-coated treat.

5. Gooey Gingerbread S’mores . Bars

Missing the sweet, smoky flavor of your beloved summer campfire? The base is a classic gingerbread, covered in chocolate and marshmallows, which melts when the bars are baked in the oven.

6. Rose Levi Birnbaum’s Sugar Butter Cookies with Molasses

The queen of cookies (and really, all things baked good), these Rose Levy Beranbaum cookies have the perfect texture: slightly chewy and slightly crunchy, with plenty of spiced nutty flavor to boot.

7. devil cake

Our editors call this a “dense, heavily spiced, gingerbread bun, sweetened with blackstrap molasses and apple. Not for the faint of heart (although the title might tell you too much); however, serious ginger and ginger lovers will rejoice.”

8. Extra Cream Oat Pancakes

The reason we love molasses so much is that it offers good flavor and a great texture; These sandwich biscuits are proof of their charm.

9. Gluten Free Carrot Cake

The first ingredient will make you eat mayonnaise. Trust us (and trust recipe developer Christina Vanni), it works and produces thicker, more moist crumbs.

10. Fresh Ginger Cake by Sylvia Thompson

Light molasses and four warm spices–white pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger–offer festive flavor in every bite of this sponge-like cake.

11. Kim Joy Ginger, Pecan and Salted Caramel Cake

“The ginger flavor for this cake comes from both ground ginger and stem ginger, so there’s a strong undertone of ginger, and as a bonus you sometimes get a boost from a piece of stem ginger. The pecans and salted caramel complement it perfectly—you’ll definitely want to come back for seconds,” writes the recipe developer and Great British Bake-Off alum Kim-Joy.

12. Corn molasses rolls

Upgrade your breadbasket for dinner any night of the week with these rich and sweet rolls.

13. Grandma Bohlmann’s Pfeffernusse

Lots of people have a recipe that reminds them of their grandmother’s cooking. For me, it’s the corn casserole and chocolate layer cake, but for recipe developer Mary Beth, it’s these bite-sized cookies.

14. Monkey Bread (Gingerbread)

Not too sweet and not too spicy, this cake can be enjoyed early in the morning with a cup of coffee. In fact, it has been voted as your all-time favorite breakfast recipe.

15. 5- Cookie molasses ingredients

It doesn’t get any easier than this gluten-free cookie recipe.

16. star anise milk

You only need three ingredients—whole milk, molasses, and star anise—to make a cup of this warm milk with anti-inflammatory benefits.

17. Brandy settles down

These crisp cookies are perfect for wrapping and delivery during the holiday season, due in part to the molasses and gingerbread dough.

18. Wet-bottomed shoe pie

I’ve had a 15 year love affair with shoe pie since I first tried it on a family trip to Lancaster County. I only eat it occasionally but when I do, it’s my favorite type of pie. I don’t know why I don’t eat it often, but this recipe is about to change that for me.

19. Blackbeard bread

Four and Twenty Blackbirds is a Brooklyn-based pie shop known for its pies (you guessed it!). Salted caramel pie and checkerboard pie ridiculously top the list of popular flavors, but one food that’s not underrated is this molasses quick bread, which we got the recipe for.

20. Salty Butterscotch Whoopie Waffles

A little more molasses is used for the soft bun portion of whoopies – then a little more is used for the salty and creamy filling, so why not?

21. Dark Chocolate Ginger Thumbprint Vegan Cookies

Who knew that Karlie Kloss—model, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and STEM champion for little girls—was also a baking star? These gingerbread cookies, filled with a slightly sweetened chocolate ganache, are inspired by their popular recipe.

22. Gingerbread ice cream

If you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around a scoop of cold candy during one of the coldest months of the year, this festive zingy ice cream should help.

23.3-tier gingerbread cake with Eggnog glaze and candied cranberries

For the ultimate Christmas dessert, look no further than a soft, spiced gingerbread cookie filled with an eggnog glaze and sprinkled with candied cranberries.

24. Peanut Butter Cream Pie

You wouldn’t think of peanut butter and molasses as a natural pairing but opposites do attract. Mix only ½ cup with the peanut butter cream filling.

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