Molasses Cookies Recipe

Submitted By: Karen from Randolph.

Molasses Cookies Notes

This recipe was handed down from my mother-in-law, who is now 89 years old. She acquired it from her landlady when she and my father-in-law were first married in 1942. We make them every Christmas, and whenever we get a craving for them. It is certainly a personal favorite, as well as a favorite of the family!

Ingredients
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups Crisco shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 unbeaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups flour
Serves / Yields

About 6 dozen

Preparation Instructions

In a small bowl, combine the salt, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda; set aside. In large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and molasses and mix well. Add the flour gradually, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Dough will be very stiff (a stand mixer is helpful). Add dry ingredients from small bowl and blend thoroughly. Shape dough into 1-1/4" balls and roll in sugar to coat. Flatten slightly on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees 9-10 minutes until set. When cool, store in tightly closed container.

Helpful Hints

These cookies tend to be hard and crunchy. If desired, add a piece of fresh bread to the container and they will soften. When bread dries out, discard and add a fresh piece.

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