Santa Loves Molasses Sugar Cookies

Molasses sugar cookies are an old-fashioned favorite.

Molasses Sugar Cookies blogIn December I just can’t stay out of the kitchen. For one thing, it’s warm in there so it makes a perfect refuge for days when the thermometer won’t budge much above zero.

The kitchen is also where I love to pull out old recipes and greet them like long-lost friends.

Molasses Sugar Cookies are John’s favorite cookies and I try to bake at least one batch every holiday season. Ingredients like cloves, ginger and cinnamon combine for a wonderful fragrance that reminds me of an old-fashioned Christmas.

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.

John’s mom, Shirley, shared her recipe with me–and I hope you’ll enjoy baking up a batch, too. Dunk them in a cup of tea, leave a few for Santa with a glass of milk or give a small package as a Happy Holiday wish for 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 4-5 dozen cookies.


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