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Last Minute Holiday Recipe: Molasses Sugar Cookies

Easy Molasses Cookie Recipe

I thought I would share this molasses sugar cookie recipe, since La Jolla Girl and I made them yesterday. It is pretty easy and SO GOOD. The recipe is adapted from one on, that I can’t seem to relocate.

Other than the dough in the fridge for 3 hours, they didn’t take long to make. In our case, this made about 4 dozen molasses sugar cookies. After 10 minutes in the oven, if the tops look puffy and jiggly, that’s OK, because they will settle down. Catching them at the right time makes them gooey. I happen to be a big fan of gooey.

Easy Molasses Sugar Cookie Recipe

Easy Molasses Sugar Cookie Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove, then allow it to 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.
  4. Chill for 3 hours or overnight.
  5. Form into walnut-size balls.
  6. Roll in granulated sugar.
  7. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lose their softness, place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight. This will soften them.

Happy Holidays!

  • Birdrockfab - December 23, 2012

    Making again this year!

  • JJ @ 84thand3rd - December 20, 2011

    This is nearly the same recipe I use for rolled gingerbread cookies – love the idea of doing them as balls rolled in sugar instead – they are lovely!

  • Colleen@Murals&More - December 24, 2009

    not sure what happened to my comment, so here I go again . . . Just made these last week. Took me back to my childhood w/every bite. Glad to see you posted the original recipe w/shortening melted in saucepan. Recipe on Molasses bottle is different now.
    Merry SITSmas!
    .-= Colleen@Murals&More´s last blog ..It’s a Dog’s Life – Dog Portraits =-.

  • Colleen@Murals&More - December 24, 2009

    Just made these last week! Took me back to my childhood w/every bite. Glad to see you posted the recipe w/the shortening melted in saucepan. The recipe on Molasses bottle is different now. This recipe is really the best!
    Merry SITSmas!
    .-= Colleen@Murals&More´s last blog ..It’s a Dog’s Life – Dog Portraits =-.

  • Lorie Shewbridge - December 23, 2009

    These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I really love molasses cookies.
    .-= Lorie Shewbridge´s last blog ..Cartoon of the Day: Parents, Be Specific =-.

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