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Holiday Recipe: Mediterranean Molasses Spiced Cookies

By: Jennifer Fleming, PhD, MS, RD, LDN

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I am a strong proponent of the Mediterranean diet. Even during the holidays, I like to make recipes that are comforting yet healthy. That’s where these Molasses Spiced Cookies come into play. They’re a delicious batch of cookies with spices that are perfect for this time of year. Enjoy!



Yield: 24 cookies
Time: 1.5 hours (chilling time) 



  • 3⁄4 cup Butter, Unsalted
  • 1 cup Sugar, Granulated, White
  • 1 large Egg, Whole
  • 1⁄4 cup Molasses
  • 2 1⁄2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon Baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon Salt, Iodized
  • 1 1⁄2 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon Cloves, Ground 



  1. Beat butter in a stand mixer on medium speed until fluffy.
  2. Gradually add sugar, beating until incorporated. Add egg and molasses, beating until incorporated.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice and cloves. Add flour mix to butter mixture slowly, beating on low speed.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to chill for 1 hour.
  5. Scoop dough into 2 oz. balls and bake on parchment lined sheet trays for 9-11 minutes at 3500 F.
  6. Remove cookies to wire racks and allow to cool completely.

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