Monday, December 12, 2011

Molasses Sugar Cookies

I'm a bit late starting with my Christmas baking, but had to make these wonderful cookies. You will have the spicy aroma of cinnamon, ginger and cloves, with a touch of molasses wafting through your home if you make these Molasses Sugar Cookies. This was my dear Mother-in-Law's recipe and I loved it when she would bring us some of these tasty, spice laden cookies. These delicious cookies will be an addition to my cookie gifts this year, if my husband and I can stay out of them, that is!
My Mother-in-Law passed away about a month ago, but making her cookies made her seem very near and dear yesterday. I put on some Christmas music, turned on the lights on the tree and got busy with cookie making. If you haven't made Molasses Sugar Cookies yet, give them a try. I think you'll like them. Here's the recipe.

Molasses Sugar Cookies
a family recipe

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves- my MIL used 1/2 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt the shortening in a sauce pan over low heat. Remove from heat and let cool some. Add the sugar, molasses and the egg to the melted shortening and beat well.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and the spices. Mix well. Add the shortening mixture to the flour mixture and mix until all incorporated. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or overnight.
To bake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and then roll each ball into granulated sugar. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 8-10 minutes. Cookies will look crackled. Cool on baking racks. I hope you enjoy our Molasses Sugar Cookies!

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NOTE: I have substituted butter for the shortening before, which does work, although the cookies were flatter. But of course the butter tasted good. :)


  1. Late? Is it late? I just started and I thought I was early! Molasses, cinnamon and ginger - I'd say this is the perfect December cookies!

  2. I love molasses cookies. I would like to try this recipe. Thanks!

  3. classic! these have such a festive look with the cracks and sugar coating. delicious!

  4. I love molasses cookies - this sounds like a good recipe.

  5. I'm sorry to read about your mother-in-law, Lynda. How wonderful to have one of her recipes that you can enjoy during the holidays. Spicy molasses cookies are a favorite in my house too.

  6. OK, is it baking soda or powder? The ingredients say soda and the instructions say powder. I'm right in the middle of making these, I'm going to go with soda.

  7. THESE are my absolute favorite cookies! I am not a big fan of sweet desserts (growing up in Korea, I developed more of savory palate), but I can eat these by a dozen...or two. :) So great to connect with you, Lynda.

  8. Tricia- thanks for catching my mistake and it is baking soda! Consider it changed in the recipe. Thanks and I hope your cookies were great.

  9. They turned out delicious! Thanks so much for a great cookie recipe!

  10. Trisha- I'm so glad you loved these Trisha-thanks for letting me know!


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