Old Fashioned Molasses Sugar Cookie Recipe

This recipe for old-fashioned Molasses Sugar Cookies uses ingredients like cloves, ginger, and cinnamon to create a treat that’s crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Molasses Sugar CookiesFinding an old recipe is like seeing a long-lost friend. I was reminded of this yesterday after finally finding the recipe for Molasses Sugar Cookies. I was afraid I had lost the list of ingredients and carefully printed instructions for this delicious old-fashioned treat.

These cookies are easy to make and they bake up crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Because molasses is the key ingredient, these cookies are almost good for you. Molasses, a sugar derived from sugar cane or sugar beets, gives these cookies their delicious dark brown color and adds a deeper kind of sweetness. The thick brown liquid also contains vitamins and minerals, like iron, calcium and potassium.

That’s enough to make you feel downright healthy eating them.

Maybe you’d like to bake up a batch this holiday season, too. They’re perfect for dunking in a cup of tea, sharing with Santa, or placing in a tin to give to someone special.

Molasses Sugar Cookies Ingredients

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups sifted, all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Melt shortening in a 3-4 quart saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; let cool.
  2. Add sugar, molasses and egg; beat well to combine.
  3. Sift together dry ingredients; add to molasses mixture.
  4. Combine well and chill.
  5. Form dough into 1-inch balls, roll in granulated sugar and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.


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I’ve loved cookies since my childhood. I remember always asking my mom for some cookies during mealtime. I can’t have a meal without a cookie at the side. Now it is my time to serve cookies for my children. Thanks for this recipe.

Thanks for your comment, Rose. A cookie can make a bad day seem a whole lot better. I hope you enjoy this recipe.


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