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Molasses Sugar Cookies Recipe

Molasses Sugar Cookies

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"The trick to getting 'chewy' cookies is to bake them the minimum time necessary and then cool them directly on a surface (i.e. - counter, table, etc). Don't cool them on a rack! You can also store them with a slice of apple."

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Original recipe makes 3 to 4 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, blend the shortening, sugar, molasses and egg. Add the baking soda, flour, clove, ginger, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
  3. Form into 1 inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.
  4. Place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart and bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool on a flat surface.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 15, 2003

Just made a batch of these cookies and they turned out to be very good. Next time however, I will cut the ginger and cloves down to 1/4 tsp to allow the molasses flavor more room.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 29, 2010

Yummy, but I must've done something incorrectly as the cookie was either too crumbly and soft, or it was rock hard.

Feb 17, 2004

These cookies were good. They were not hard-crunchy or soft-chewy, but in between, which is the way many people prefer. I cooled the cookies on waxed paper. If you do not like a strong clove taste, I would cut the clove down to 1/4 teaspoon. If you prefer the soft-chewy cookie, I would also consider replacing 1/2 the shortening with butter. Overall the cookies were good, and having to admit, they tasted wonderful with my coffee this morning. :-)

Jun 12, 2003

This recipe has been revised to include a preheat step and oven temperature. - The Staff

Jun 22, 2008

MMMM... These are so yummy. I doubled the recipe and did half brown, half white sugar, one cup shortening, 1/2 cup butter. I upped the spices and decreased the baking soda. Baked for exactly 8 minutes and these were nice and chewy. BRAVO!

Dec 30, 2003

Excellent cookie. I used black strap molasses and doubled the spices for a cookie with a kick. Wonderful. The molasses cookie in my house from now on!

Jul 10, 2005

This cookie was so delicious! So soft & chewy. Easy to make as well. I rolled my cookies in Splenda since I'm looking to cut on my sugar intake & they turned out great still. I had a wonderful time making them & my kitchen smelled delicious. Thank so much for the reicpe!

Mar 27, 2005

I have made these a couple of times. Each time, I get compliments on them. My father in law likes having a softer cookie, similar to a gingersnap, but not crisp. Great recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 71 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 3.4 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 80 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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