Classic Molasses Cookies

Classic Molasses Cookies

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Servings: 72 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
65 Calories
3g Fat
9g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 72
Amount per serving
Calories 65
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 62mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 17mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a vintage recipe for molasses cookies with cinnamon and ginger and cloves. For easy rolling, put the dough on a silicone mat or floured surface and put a sheet of plastic wrap over the dough.


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup water (boiling)
  • 1 cup flour (plus more, see below)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon cloves (ground)
  • 4 cups flour (as needed, enough to make a smooth dough to roll out)

Steps to Make It

  1. Cream shortening with sugar.

  2. Beat in egg, molasses, and boiling water.

  3. Stir in 1 cup flour, soda, and salt.

  4. Add spices and remaining 4 cups of flour, or as needed to make a stiff dough.

  5. Mix well, shape into a ball or loaf and wrap in waxed paper.

  6. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  7. Next day, roll out on floured surface and cut with cookie cutters.

  8. Place on greased and floured baking sheets.

  9. Bake at 375 F for 10 to 12 minutes.