Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies Recipe

 The Spruce

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Chill: 60 mins
  • Servings: 62 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
79 Calories
4g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 62
Amount per serving
Calories 79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 21mg 2%
*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.)

These molasses cookies will remind you of grandma's soft, perfectly spiced cookies. These slightly chewy treats are full of warming spice and molasses flavor.


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening (softened)
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 5 1/4 to 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • Optional: dash ground cloves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Stir together the sour cream and baking soda to mix thoroughly.

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  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the sugars with butter and shortening.

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  4. Beat in the eggs and molasses.

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  5. Add spices, 5 1/4 cups of the flour, and the sour cream mixture, stirring until thoroughly mixed. If necessary, add extra flour.

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  6. Cover the bowl and chill the cookie dough for about 1 hour.

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  7. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone mats, or leave them ungreased.

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  8. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Knead a portion of the dough a bit to bring it to a good rolling temperature that won't crack as you shape it.

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  9. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut about 1/4-inch thick with a cookie cutter, thinner if you'd like crisper cookies. Use round cutters or use shapes.

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  10. Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle the cookies with some granulated sugar or cinnamon sugar.

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  11. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes.

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  • For easy, non-stick rolling, lightly sprinkle the surface and the top of the cookie dough with flour. Place a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper over the cookie dough and roll out. Dip cookie cutters in flour between cuts.
  • If you don't have sour cream, add 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice or vinegar to a measuring cup and add enough heavy cream to make 1 cup. Let stand for a few minutes. Or whisk 3/4 cup of buttermilk with 1/3 cup of butter.
  • To keep cookies uniform in thickness, consider a special rolling pin with adjustable thickness rings, or silicone strips that lay on either side of the dough.