Molasses Christmas Cookies and Treats

Ginger Peppernuts
Whether you seek a classic Christmas cookie, like gingerbread people, or you're eager to try something new (did someone say ginger cookie butter?), let these molasses-based treats star in your holiday preparations. As a natural sweetener, molasses packs color, richness, and a whole lot of flavor into holiday goodies.

Fat Molasses Cookies

Don't let the pretty scalloped edges fool you -- this cookie packs a powerful flavor punch. Cinnamon and a double dose of ginger balance with the molasses in this spicy-sweet treat. 

Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

Pack on flavor, not pounds, with these low-calorie cookies. Each treat contains only 50 calories and 1 gram of fat. You can indulge guilt-free! 

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Gingerbread Snow Globe City

This gorgeous gingerbread city provides the perfect gift for a friend or family member with a sweet tooth. Roll out the gingerbread dough and score house shapes into it before baking. Once the cookies cool, rub them with powdered sugar for a snow-kissed look.  

Giant Ginger Cookies

Bursting with spicy flavor, these large ginger cookies make perfect snacks or gifts. Each jumbo cookie is 4 inches wide and one batch makes more than two dozen treats.   

Make-Ahead Molasses Ginger Cookies

Reduce your holiday stress by baking a batch of these cookies well in advance. Layer baked cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container, then freeze for up to three months. 

Ginger Cookie Butter

Give a twist to a classic cookie by mixing up jars of homemade cookie butter. The butter is simple to whip up: Blend broken gingersnaps with a few liquids and spices until smooth. It's delicious spread on nut bread or scones.

Sugar-and-Spice Bark Cookies

You'll want to be a Scrooge and hoard these gold-dusted bark cookies -- they're that good! Think a sugar cookie but with a hint of holiday spice. The treats get topped with a dusting of edible gold food color spray. 

Spicy Gingerbread Twigs

A dash of cayenne pepper and brewed coffee add unexpected kicks to this gingerbread topped with edible glitter. Enjoy these cookie sticks with cups of coffee or tea. 

Gingerbread Pretzels

Crystallized ginger tops these cute pretzel cookies. Though they take some time to shape, these treats make awesome additions to any cookie tray. 

Gingerbread Cutouts

Gingerbread people cutouts are a classic for a reason -- they are sturdy and easy to decorate. Gather the family to pipe frosting and personalize each cookie with candy toppings.

Chai Spice Girls

Chai and pumpkin pie spice star in these cozy cookies. Paired with powdered sugar icing, the gingerbread girls each contain a perfect balance of sugar and spice. 

Santa's Gingerbread Cookies

These gigantic treats are Santa-approved. Each cookie uses 1/3 cup of dough! Serve them with steamy hot chocolate for perfect pick-me-ups after sledding or ice skating. 

Pumpkin-Gingerbread Truffles

Pumpkin isn't just for fall. These wow-worthy truffles marry two holiday flavors, pumpkin and gingerbread, for an impressive end to any holiday meal. Serve slightly chilled. 

Ginger Peppernuts

These tiny spice cookies take bite-size flavor to a whole new level. They're made by rolling dough into rope shapes and cutting each rope into little pieces. This recipe packs in notes of cardamom, anise, and black pepper.

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