I found this recipe on the picky palate blog, but it’s also located here. I have my aunt’s recipe for good old fashioned molasses cookies…the ingredients differ slightly, but the two recipes taste very similar. These cookies are really easy to make, and if you like these kinds of cookies this is a great recipe. My cookies turned out much darker than the other’s. Maybe I cooked mine a little longer, but I don’t think I overcooked them, because they were still soft and chewy. Maybe the molasses I used was much darker than the molasses that other people used, because even my dough was much darker than this finished product.


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup sugar (for dipping)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg in large bowl. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, blending until mixed. Dough can be chilled for easy handling.
  3. Shape the dough into balls the size of whole walnuts. Roll balls in sugar, place on baking sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool on sheet one minute before transferring to rack.



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