Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

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

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


  • 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


  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*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.