Classic Molasses Cookies

Classic Molasses Cookies
Classic Molasses Cookies. Diana Rattray
  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 7 Dozen (72 servings)
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.

What You'll Need

  • 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)

How 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° for 10 to 12 minutes.

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    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    65 Calories
    3g Fat
    9g Carbs
    0g Protein
    (Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)