Groundhog Day Molasses Cookies


Delicious Groundhog Day Molasses Cookies recipe that are a fun treat for the holiday or a Groundhog day themed party.  Kids will love these!

Groundhog Day Molasses Cookies Recipe for the Groundhog Day Holiday

It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE Groundhog day…anyone who knows me knows this.  In my opinion, this holiday is SO underrated.  Today,  I am proudly proclaiming to the world that I am indeed throwing my first annual (first ever in the world?) Groundhog Day bash this coming up weekend and these Groundhog Day molasses cookies are one treat I will be making for the party.  I’m so excited!  You should see my house right now – it’s like Groundhog Day exploded all over it.  The best part about this party is that I have 25-30 friends willing to come to it.  And they gladly accepted the invitation to participate in my very strangely-themed party…and they still love me.  Being weird is fun sometimes!  I can’t give away any details of the party but it’s going to be a one-of-a-kind.  I DID offer a prize to anyone who showed up dressed as a Groundhog.

Groundhog Day Molasses Cookies Recipe for the Groundhog Day Holiday

My love for this day started back when I was a kid and watched the Bill Murray movie like it was my job – my whole family loved it.  Also, if you’ve been following my blog for a year or more now, you know that I fulfilled a lifelong dream last year of going down to Punxsutawney, PA to participate in the Gobbler’s Knob Groundhog Day festivities.  It had been on my bucket list for….forever…and Mr. Wishes helped me to cross it off….even if it meant standing in negative temperatures at 5 a.m  for 3.5 hours after driving 4 hours through the night (in a snow storm) on no sleep.  #husbandoftheyear

These would be great to make for a classroom full of kids!  Happy (early) Groundhog day, folks (since the Super Bowl will most likely steal all of the Groundhog’s thunder on Sunday!)

Groundhog Day Molasses Cookies Recipe for the Groundhog Day Holiday

Groundhog Day Molasses Cookies
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Serves: 40 cookies using 3 inch cookie cutter
Delicious Groundhog Day Molasses Cookies recipe that are a fun treat for the holiday or a Groundhog day themed party. Kids will love these!
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Mini Chocolate Chips, for the eyes
  1. Sift together first seven ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Blend in molasses and yolk.
  4. Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Form into a ball.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill overnight or freeze.
  6. Place small amounts of dough on a well-floured and clean countertop. Roll ⅛ inch thick.
  7. Cut out cookies with lightly floured Groundhog cookie cutter.
  8. Keep adding more flour to surface/rolling pin as needed.
  9. Place cookies on greased baking sheet.
  10. Brush with slightly beaten egg.
  11. Decorate with mini chocolate chip eyes. Repeat until all dough is used.
  12. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.
  13. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet.
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These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

40 Responses to “Groundhog Day Molasses Cookies”

  1. January 28, 2014 at 1:33 AM #

    Omg these cookies are adorable, Ashley!! I want to make some asap (:

    • January 28, 2014 at 1:42 AM #

      Awwww thank you, Monica!!

  2. January 28, 2014 at 2:00 AM #

    I love that you love Groundhog day! It’s totally a under rated holiday. I’ll have to make a batch of these cookies to celebrate.

    • January 29, 2014 at 1:02 PM #

      I’m glad you agree, Nicole! 🙂

  3. January 28, 2014 at 6:08 AM #

    How fun a groundhog party! So did he see his shadow or not this year? I love spiced cookies like this and they looks chewy and delicious. Take Care, BAM

    • January 29, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

      We will know on Sunday whether or not he sees his shadow!!

  4. January 28, 2014 at 8:00 AM #

    Ashley, I adore you even more! I thought I was the only one obsessed with the film Groundhog Day. These cookies are so cute. And, yes…Husband of the Year for sure for Mr. Wishes! We used to have to drive to our recycling center and, when we did, on the way in the country, there were always these cute little groundhogs. I used to ask my husband to drive by (if we were in the neighborhood) even if we had no recycling just so I could catch a glimpse of them. LOVE that you are throwing a party all groundhog themed. Have a blast and I hope to read a recap of your GH bash!

    • January 29, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

      A fellow Groundhog Day lover!! We are soul mates! LOL

  5. January 28, 2014 at 8:22 AM #

    LOL! I’d venture a guess your friends would come to just about anything hosted by you, no matter how unusual. Who doesn’t want to go to a party with good food? 🙂 Those cookies are adorable!

    • January 29, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

      I don’t know that I made the best food, but hey, a party is always fun, right? 🙂

  6. January 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM #

    These are the CUTEST cookies ever!! I need to find a cookie cutter like that 🙂

  7. January 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM #

    Those cookies are so cute that I want to give them a hug! 🙂

    • January 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

      They are very huggable!

  8. January 28, 2014 at 9:57 AM #

    Ashley you literally make me smile! LOVE THESE!

    • January 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

      That comment made ME smile 🙂 🙂 Thanks, Nancy!

  9. January 28, 2014 at 10:21 AM #

    omgosh how adorable are you!? LOVE how much you like groundhog day and these cookies look so tastyyy!

    • January 29, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

      Hahaha thank you!!!

  10. Kentucky Lady 717
    January 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM #

    LOL…..don’t think I know anyone as excited as you about Groundhog day 🙂 Maybe you can start something….have a party and invite all your girlfriends every year and make cookies and
    dips, etc… These look good and are so cute….love molasses cookies too…..I would love to make some….but I hate rolling out dough….I’m and spoon out cookie dough person :)Wonder if you could make balls and flatten out like you do peanut butter cookes ? Have any idea?????

    • January 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM #

      I’m having a party saturday for Groundhog day!!! I’m sure you could make them in balls instead of cut-outs! I just think they’d take a little longer to bake since they won’t be rolled out thin. Let me know if you try it!

  11. January 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM #

    SOOO cute!

    • January 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM #

      Thanks, Marie!!

  12. January 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM #

    I completely forgot it is almost Groundhog Day! I always wanted to go to Punxsutawney for that because I hear it is one heck of a time. Praying that Phil doesn’t see his shadow because I really don’t want anymore winter. These cookies look fantastic 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • January 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM #

      Yes let’s pray for no shadow!! I need Spring!!

  13. January 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    So cute!

  14. January 28, 2014 at 7:53 PM #

    These are adorable!! I love that you love Groundhog Day. It’s how I feel about Pi Day!

    • January 29, 2014 at 12:58 PM #

      Thanks, Dorothy!! Pi day is so fun, too! 🙂

  15. January 29, 2014 at 12:24 PM #

    How is it that I’d never thought of celebrating the groundhog day?? Sounds so fun!
    Enjoy your party Ashley!

    p.s: these cookies look terrific!

    • January 29, 2014 at 12:57 PM #

      It’s so fun! Thanks!

  16. January 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM #

    These are so cute Ashley!! We should have a Groundhog Day celebration, sounds like fun.

    • January 30, 2014 at 12:26 AM #

      Sounds good to me!!

  17. January 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM #

    Your cookies are so cute! 😀

  18. February 3, 2014 at 11:00 AM #

    Sounds like so much fun, and these cookies are so cute! I hope someone did dress up as a groundhog.

  19. February 4, 2014 at 9:05 PM #

    These are so cute!

  20. February 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM #

    I’m not necessarily into groundhog day, but I love groundhogs and these cookies! We once had little baby groundhogs in our yard. It was the cutest thing ever. I need that little groundhog stuffed animal!

    • February 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

      Awww so soo cute!!


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