Molasses Crinkle Cookies (Amish Recipe)

molasses whoopie pies on wire rack

Molasses Whoopie Pies

These Amish molasses crinkle cookies are soft, chewy, and so full of flavor!

The blend of molasses and spices within a chewy cookie makes my mouth sing. And then, as if that’s not tasty enough, you add frosting and create molasses whoopie pies. “Whoopie!!” 😉

But seriously, these molasses cookies with frosting are AMAZING!! And they will probably disappear quickly.

Amish Molasses Cookies

There are many different recipes for Amish molasses cookies, and most of them are similar. They usually contain molasses and spices, and it’s a great combination.

I have another molasses cookies recipe on my blog (soft and chewy Amish Gingersnap Cookies), and they are also delicious.

But this recipe for molasses crinkle cookies gets icing sandwiched between two cookies creating yummy molasses whoopie pies.

Amish Cookies Introduced from Holmes County, Ohio

I grew up New Order Amish in the Lancaster, PA area. And we baked molasses cookies as far back as I can remember.

But I had never tasted molasses crinkle whoopie pies until my sister-in-law from Ohio introduced us to them. And I fell in love with the first bite!

Because of the distance and limited travel, it’s not very common for Amish people to marry outside of their community. But my brother got married to a gal from Holmes County, Ohio.

We had been back and forth with a couple of New Order youth groups from Holmes County for many years. But he was the only one who ever got married to someone from there. And we thought it was pretty cool to be so connected with another community.

Amish molasses crinkle whoopie pies on blue plate

Amish Whoopie Pies

Just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, whoopie pies are simply two cookies that have frosting sandwiched between them (also sometimes known as “Gobs”). And they are quite popular among the Amish.

It seems like they are continuously expanding the flavors. And I have several recipes here on my blog.

The most popular flavor is chocolate whoopie pies. But I love oatmeal whoopie pies and pumpkin whoopie pies as well. They are all equally amazing, along with these molasses whoopie pies!

molasses cookie batter
molasses cookie dough balls get dipped in sugar
cookie dough balls on baking sheets

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Molasses Crinkle Cookies Recipe

These soft molasses cookies with shortening are easy to make.

I mix the dough with my Kitchen Aid mixer and let it do the work for me.

The dough is a bit sticky, so it’s good to refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight before rolling the dough into balls. Then the dough balls get rolled in sugar and baked.

I use my small cookie scoop to make mini whoopie pies (using a cookie scoop helps to create uniform-sized cookies). But feel free to make them any size you want.

Dipping the cookie balls into sugar adds a pretty touch, but it also makes them sweeter. So you can skip this step if preferred or dip only the tops of the cookies in sugar.

Also, make sure that you don’t overbake the cookies, or you will end up with crunchy cookies instead of chewy molasses cookies.

Cool the cookies on a wire rack. Then spread the frosting on one cookie and place a second cookie on top.

And whoopie pies keep the best when individually wrapped in plastic.

molasses crinkle cookies on wire rack
individually wrapped molasses whoopies

Can I Freeze Molasses Cookies with Frosting?

Yes, you can freeze these molasses crinkle cookies. Freezing cookies helps to keep them fresh.

Wrap them individually in pieces of plastic wrap, then place them into an airtight container.

And you can freeze them for up to a couple of months. Just make sure to remove them from the freezer at least a half-hour before you want to eat them (unless you like frozen cookies).

What Kind of Molasses Should I Use to Make Amish Soft Molasses Cookies?

Molasses is a common ingredient that gets used frequently in Amish households.

For example, Amish Peanut Butter Spread is often made with molasses. And Amish Wet-Bottom Shoofly Pie and Shoofly Cake are both breakfast desserts containing molasses.

And when baking with molasses it’s good to use lighter-tasting molasses so that it doesn’t overpower all the other flavors. (Unless you love a strong molasses flavor.)

Brer Rabbit molasses is great to use for these molasses crinkle cookies. You can use either the full flavor brer rabbit or the mild flavor. But I do not recommend using blackstrap molasses.

I like to use Golden Barrel baking molasses when making shoofly pie, and it can also be used for making these cookies.

And King Syrup is another one of my favorites, although technically it’s syrup and not molasses. But sometimes I use it in place of molasses. Or I use a mix of both for a milder flavor.

molasses crinkle cookie whoopie pies on a plate

Frosting for Molasses Whoopie Pies

These molasses cookies are delicious without frosting. So if you don’t feel like taking the time to frost them, you’ll still have amazing cookies to eat.

But adding the frosting, which turns it into a whoopie pie, makes them even more delightful.

Feel free to use your favorite frosting to fill these molasses whoopie pies. But the cookies are already sweet, so you probably won’t want to add an overly sweet frosting.

I am adding an Amish whoopie pie filling recipe. But it does contain raw egg white, and I’m leaving a link that informs you of the risk of consuming raw egg whites. So if you don’t feel comfortable using this recipe, feel free to use a different one.

I hope you enjoy these soft molasses crinkle cookies as much as my family does! Let me know in the comments below.

molasses whoopie pie on a red checkered napkin

Amish Molasses Crinkle Whoopie Pies Recipe

These soft and chewy molasses crinkle cookies are delightful! But add frosting to the cookies, and they are AMAZING molasses whoopie pies!!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Chill and baking in batches 2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 48 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American, Amish
Servings 50 people
Calories 425 kcal


Molasses Cookies:

  • 1 c. butter (softened)
  • 1 c. Crisco shortening
  • 4 c. brown sugar (loosely filled)
  • 1/2 c. light-tasting molasses
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 8 c. all-purpose flour
  • 6 tsp. baking soda (2 Tbsp.)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

Whoopie Pie Filling:

  • 3  large egg whites
  • 1 c. Crisco shortening or softened butter
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, and brown sugar.
    1 c. butter (softened), 1 c. Crisco shortening, 4 c. brown sugar (loosely filled)
  • Add the molasses, eggs, and sour cream and beat well.
    1/2 c. light-tasting molasses, 4 large eggs, 1/2 c. sour cream
  • Add 4 cups of flour, along with the remaining dry ingredients. Mix. Then add the remaining flour and mix until combined.
    8 c. all-purpose flour, 6 tsp. baking soda (2 Tbsp.), 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 4 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Scoop the chilled dough into balls and roll them in sugar (you can skip the sugar step if preferred).
  • Bake on greased cookie sheets for about 9 minutes. (Do not overbake unless you want crunchy cookies.)
  • Scoop onto a wire rack to cool.
  • Spread the filling onto half of the cookies and top them with the remaining cookies.
  • Wrap the whoopie pies individually in plastic wrap.
  • Whoopie pies freeze well, so you can store them in airtight containers in the freezer for up to several months. Remove from the freezer to thaw at least a half-hour before serving.

Whoopie Pie Filling:

  • With the whisk attachment, beat egg whites until foamy.
    3  large egg whites
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix.
    1 c. Crisco shortening or softened butter, 4 c. powdered sugar, 4 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp. milk, 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract, 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Whip on high speed until the filling is light and fluffy.


This recipe makes about 50 small whoopie pies (I use my small 1″ cookie scoop). But you can make them any size you want. 
If you don’t feel comfortable with consuming raw egg whites, you can use a basic buttercream or your favorite frosting to fill them.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate


Serving: 1small whoopie pieCalories: 425kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 5gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 273mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 154IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Amish soft molasses cookies, Molasses Crinkle Cookies Recipe, Molasses whoopie pies
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