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Dulce de Leche Ginger Molasses Cookies

Silky smooth dulce de leche slathered on top of soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 242kcal


  • 1 14oz can store-bought dulce de leche
  • 1 c unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¾ c dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ c blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¼ c all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  • Using an electric mixer (or stand mixer) on medium-high speed, beat brown sugar and butter in a large bowl, scraping down sides halfway through beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Next, add the egg, molasses, and vanilla; beat just to blend. Last, add flour mixture; beat on low speed just to combine. 
  • Using a 1½-oz. scoop (3 tbsp), portion out 16 balls. Place the dough balls on a parchment-lined baking tray and refrigerate for 1hr.
  • Divide the chilled cookie dough balls between 2 parchment-lined baking trays. Bake the cookies until the edges are firm and the centers appear cracked, 10–12 minutes then transfer the cookies to wire racks and let cool.
  • When the cookies are completely cool spread a heaping tablespoon of dulce de leche over each one then sprinkle with sea salt to serve.


Make-Ahead Instructions:
  • You can make and portion the dough ahead of time. Cookie dough will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days or up to three months in the freezer.
  • Store dulce de leche ginger molasses cookies at room temperature, covered, for up to 3 days. 
Dulce de Leche
  • My favorite brand of dulce de leche is Cachafaz, from Argentina, it's on the pricier side but the flavor and texture is incredible!
  • Nestle and Stonewall Kitchen also make dulce de leche, these brands can be found more regularly in supermarkets.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 371IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg