Chocolate Chip Cookies with Molasses

Update: These really do stay fresh! I’m eating one of these right now (Day 2) and they taste great.
Today’s cookies is one I’ve been making on and off for the last couple of years. It’s a very reliable recipe and the result is always a fairly thick, chewy, nicely shaped chocolate chip cookie with a punch of molasses. This is based on a cookie from Roland Mesnier’s book, Dessert University. I make a half version, increase the salt a tiny bit, and omit the nuts.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve posted this recipe in the past, but this morning I decided to weigh some of the ingredients just to make sure the flour amount was accurate. So below is the recipe with the gram amounts. The cookies bake up a little thicker if you chill the dough, but if you don’t mind thinner cookies you can bake them right away.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Molasses

1 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour (210 grams)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened – slightly cool (114 grams)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (96 grams)
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar (65 gram)
1 large egg, room temperature
2 tablespoons molasses, mild (I use Grandma’s)
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in medium mixing bowl and set aside

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter until creamy. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until thoroughly mixed. Beat in egg, molasses and vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl once or twice. By hand, gently stir in the flour mixture, then stir in the chocolate chips. Chill dough for an hour. Note: It gets pretty hard if you chill it longer than an hour. You can, but you might want to separate it into balls while the dough is still soft and then chill it.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

With a tablespoon measure, scoop up large, heaping tablespoons of the dough and shape into balls – mine were each about 1 ½ oz and smaller than golf balls. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and flatten slightly by hand.

Bake until just light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies for 5 minutes on baking sheets before using metal spatula to transfer them to wire rack to

Makes about 13-16

Note: Baking at 400 degrees is key here because it keeps the inside soft and helps make the cookies thick, but watch the cookies closely because after 8 minutes, they start to brown rather quickly.

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  1. says

    They look perfect – just like the kind of cookies I like. Will let you know how they turn when I try them at home!

  2. C L says

    This is one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes. I have been baking these since I saw the recipe in the Presidetial Desserts section on Good Morning America’s website. An absolute favorite with my coworkers at Sea World San Diego! 🙂

  3. says

    Since I tried ones of Dreena Burton’s healthy ccc’s a few months ago and loved the molasses in them, I’ve wanted to try others (but haven’t found the time to look). Now I know what recipe I’ll be trying–soon!

  4. says

    I love the idea of molasses in a chocolate chip cookie. I will definately have to try this!

  5. Jen says

    I’m making these tonight because I love that you took the time to weigh everything and it makes a small batch. I notice in the directions, however, you call for the butter to be softened but slightly cool. Is this different than regular ol’ softened or should it actually be melted?

  6. says

    I guess the wording is confusing. Maybe I should say “cool room temperature” instead. The point is it should be cool, but not stone-cold and hard to cream…althouth if you have a paddle attachment you can beat it until it’s creamy. It shouldn’t be squishy and warm to the point where it’s all melty.

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