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Molasses Sugar Cookies Recipe
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Molasses Sugar Cookies

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"These are a wonderful chewy spice cookie. They are drop cookies that keep very well. I make them at the beginning of the holiday season and they keep all the way to New Year's!"

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Original recipe makes 6 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    25 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    3 hrs 40 mins


  1. Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove, and cool.
  2. Add sugar, eggs, and molasses, beat well.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.
  4. Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lose their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight and they will be soft again!
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 28, 2008

AMAZING. So incredibly good and very very easy to whip up. I don't even sift the flour/spices. I just throw it in the bowl after I've mixed the wet ingredients. An easy, one-bowl recipe. I've also been in a hurry and baked it immediately after mixing and it turned out just fine, along with getting the beautiful crackles on top. I dip the tops of the dough balls in sugar b4 baking and sprinkle a little on top after it's done. I also use 50/50 white and light brown sugar which gives it a richer taste. Spice amounts are also right on. For walnut size dough balls, 10 min. is the perfect baking time. My master molasses recipe from now on. TIP - I'm quite firm about using real butter for all my baking recipes, but Molasses cookies is the one exception. Using shortening will give this cookie it's chewiness so I'd recommend NOT to substitute with butter.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 25, 2010

Very tasty cookies. However, when it tells you to melt the crisco and then let it cool, you must let the crisco solidify all the way again (which makes me wonder why to melt it in the first place!) If you do not, the cookies become the consistency of hockey pucks when they cool all the way. The flavors are wonderful though. I would attempt this recipe again, but not melting the crisco.

Dec 11, 2007

These come out exactly the way a molasses cookie should! 2 things: Definitely watch cooking time...if you like a chewy cookie, stick to the approx. 10min bake time-they may look too undercooked but that is fine. If you like a crispy cookie, let them go 2 mins longer. They definitely go from being chewy to being crispy QUICK so watch the time!! Also, just an FYI, I started out using coarse sugar sprinkles by Wilson (the decorator kind)but changed to the standard fine red sugar that you find in the grocery store. The coarse sugar looked pretty but was too crunchy for this cookie.

Dec 12, 2008

These were really good. Usually, I do not even like molasses cookies, but these were nice and chewy on the inside, not too sweet, and just the right amount of spice. My father loved them,and my friend said they were the best ginger bread cookies she has ever had! My mother though, first felt they tasted a lot like fried oil, whick I think was because of the shortening, but then said they were good after a few bites. But I think next time, I will try them with butter instead, just to avoid the oil taste. Oh and they were perfect after only 3 hours of refrigeration. All in all, fabulous recipe! Thanks for sharing it!!!**UPDATE**: I have now tried them with butter instead, and they are sooo amazingly perfect! From now on, I will only make them with butter.

Dec 09, 2006

REALLY yummy! Spiced well and taste like perfect little gingersnaps but not rock hard. I added 2 TBS of corn syrup to make them a bit chewy. The recipe makes tons too!

Dec 22, 2006

Oh, my gosh, these are great! I followed recipe as written, refrigerated dough 4 hours and baked. While first batch was in the oven, I rolled rest of dough and put in fridge until ready for next batch, then rolled the balls in sugar and baked. Dough very easy to work with. Ten minutes at 375 and the cookies were PERFECT; just the right amount of crisp on outside and softness inside. The texture could not be better and the taste was a perfect blend of spices (even though they were a bit too sweet for my husband) and a big hit with neighbors. Thanks, Karin, for this great recipe. I'll e making these again and again!

Dec 29, 2006

Delicious! I made these for Christmas and they were a real hit with my family. I live in Australia and couldn't buy all of the ingredients, so I substituted butter for shortening and treacle for molasses. This recipe is a keeper. =D

Dec 11, 2006

These were very good. Smelled excellent when baking. They do begin to get hard quicky, so I'd suggest storing them as soon as you can.


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  • Calories
  • 93 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.7 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 4.5 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 105 mg
  • 4%

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

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