Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Published on Dec 15, 2013
Updated on Oct 29, 2018

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies // These rich and flavorful cookies taste just like Christmas! | Tried and TastyIt’s not Christmas without molasses cookies right? Actually, I’m a relatively new convert to the gingerbread/molasses scene. Since we’re on the subject – what’s the difference between a gingerbread cookie and a molasses cookie anyway? I’m too lazy to do my research. Maybe sometime this season I’ll get around to it. Anyway. These cookies. Seriously, while they are baking the kitchen will begin smelling so wonderful you will want to bake these all winter long. Of course you can cut them in to any shape you like, but a little man and woman just seemed appropriate. Aren’t they so cute!? For the last four or five or even six years I’ve been wanting to do a cookie exchange. One of these years by golly, I’m going to do it. When I do, I’m making and taking these babies.

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies // These rich and flavorful cookies taste just like Christmas! | Tried and Tasty

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Molasses Cookies
Prep Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 37 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 115 kcal
Author: Yvonne

I love the way these Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies smell while baking.  They always get me in the Christmas spirit!

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Ingredients

  • 4 c. sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. molasses
  • 1/2 c. butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/3 c. boiling water
  • Sugar

Instructions

  1. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, spices and salt.
  2. In large bowl, mix molasses, shortening and water. Add dry ingredients to molasses mixture; blend well. Cover; refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  3. Roll out dough 1/4-in. thick on well-floured surface. Cut out with 3 1/2-in. cookie cutters; sprinkle with sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake in preheated 375 oven about 12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Recipe Notes

[My 2 Cents]
Be careful not to over bake these. I know they are supposed to be a crunchy cookie, but you don't want them too crunch and you certainly don't want them burnt. That would make for a not-so-good smelly kitchen. I found that I was able to pull mine out around 10-11 minutes rather than waiting the full 12 minutes. Depending on how your oven cooks will determine how long you will need to leave yours in for.

Adapted from The Cookie Bible

Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 64mg 3%
Potassium 132mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 comments about “Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

  1. R.Lamarr Myles

    As a child growing up Los Angeles in the sixties . My Elementary school had a chocolate cookies. Flavor that was so intense and delicate at the same time .It was about 5 inches in diameter, flat cookie ,and a crackle top. I’ve tried lots of recipes even check with the LAUSD . Just can’t find that taste. Would help Me.

    1. Yvonne

      I will! I feel like it’s something I should know. But alas. I don’t – I’ will find out, and when I do I’ll pass that along to you!

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