Easy Chewy Treacle Cookie

#21 Easy Chewy Treacle Cookie

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Hi there! This week I mBakinga easy chewy treacle cookie. This recipe is adapted from Dessert Person’s Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies.

Why I tried this recipe

I have always wanted to make some gingerbread for the festive season. Even though I did not have a gingerbread man cookie cutter, that did not stop me. This cookie is packed full of the familiar holiday spices of ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg so I decided to try it out.

Experiences from trying this Recipe

In the original recipe, Claire advised to under bake the cookie in order to get it soft and chewy. This is a valuable piece of advice. The cookie would continue to set and firm up as it cools after baking. Hence, they would only get firmer as time passes.

I swapped out the unsulfured molasses in the original recipe for the Lyle’s black treacle in an equal amount. I can report that there would not be any bitterness overpowering the cookie from this swap. 

Overall thoughts about these Easy Chewy Treacle Cookies

The flavours of the spices comes through in these cookies. Hence, if you are not a fan of the ginger taste, you may choose to cut back on it. Also, rolling the cookie balls in sugar does provide it with a more sparkly finish without making it overly sweet.

Interior of the easy chewy treacle cookie
Interior of the easy chewy treacle cookie

Claire’s cookie recipe is easy to put together and is worth making. It can be scaled down as I have done. A single batch of cookies that uses 1 egg would yield 20 to 21 cookies.

As such, I would rate these easy chewy treacle cookies recipe as follows:
(1 being the poor, and 5 being the best)

Ease to make

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Easy Chewy Treacle Cookie

A recipe from Dessert Person by Claire.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes
Servings 21 cookies


  • Hand whisk
  • Baking tray
  • Weighing scale (optional)


  • 225 g plain flour 1 3/4 cup
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 85 g salted butter, melted and cooled 6 tbsp
  • 150 g fine sugar 3/4 cup
  • 80 g Lyle's black treacle 1/4 cup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 60 g fine sugar, for coating the cookies optional


  • In a large bowl combine the plain flour, baking soda, ground ginger, ground pepper, ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon and whisk to combine it well. Set aside for now.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the melted butter and fine sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  • Whisk the egg, Lyle's Black treacle, vinegar and vanilla essence into the butter sugar mixture until well combined and a homogenous mixture is reached, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix until there are no more traces of dry flour left. The dough would feel sticky and tacky at this stage. Cover the cookie dough in some plastic wrap and leave to rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  • When ready to have some cookies, preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Take out the chilled cookie dough from and portion them into 28g (about 2 tablespoons) and roll them between your palms into round balls.
    (Optional) You may roll the cookie balls in some fine sugar before transferring them onto the baking tray.
    Keep the cookies balls about 4cm apart as they would spread as they bake.
    Store any leftover cookie dough in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Bake the cookie dough balls for about 12 to 14 minutes in the preheated oven. The cookies would be soft in the middle and mostly set at the sides. Leave them to cool on a wire rack before storing them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days.


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