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Treacle Biscuit Recipe

Treacle, or Molasses, is so much more than gingerbread and sticky toffee pudding!  These treacle biscuits are really a treat. Americans call them Molasses Cookies.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Dessert & Bakery
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 100 grams butter
  • 200 grams sugar caster
  • 125 grams treacle (molasses)
  • 1 egg
  • 300 grams plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 100 grams sugar granulated, for rolling


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and leave it to cool. Once cool, cream the butter, sugar, treacle and eggs together.
  • Mix flour, soda, salt and spices in a separate bowl. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  • Cover dough with clingfilm and chill at least three hours, preferably overnight.
  • Shape into balls and roll in granulated sugar
  • Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with greaseproof paper.
  • Bake at 190 C for 10 minutes until edges are crisp.


Don't over bake as the taste of burnt molasses is unpleasant. You can pull them from the oven as soon as they puff up if you would like a chewy cookie or wait until they flatten back out for a crispy texture.