Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

December 14, 2013 · 5 comments

molasses cookies

Do you love molasses cookies?

Kent’s Mom is the most awesome mother-in-law ever.  She has a constant stream of visitors at her house because everyone loves her and feels welcome there.  Anyone stopping by knows that they’ll always find cookies in her cookie jar:  oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, and my favorite:  molasses.  She must be making cookies a lot to always have them on hand like this, and she doesn’t even like them herself!  When our daughter needed to make a load of cookies for her home-economics class cookie exchange, she chose to make Grandma’s molasses cookies.  :)

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookie Recipe

This recipe is from an old cookbook — I put my own recipe notes next to the ingredients listed.



Preheat oven to 350*.  Mix butter, sugar, egg and molasses.  (I used my Bosch because I made 4 batches at once!)  Stir the dry ingredients together, and then mix those in.  Roll dough into about 1″ balls, then roll in some sugar and place on a buttered stainless steel baking pan about 2″ apart – if you still have non-stick pans, line them with parchment paper.  Bake about 9-11 minutes, depending on your oven and how crispy you like them.  We like them chewy in the middle, so we only did about 9 minutes.

Makes about 3 dozen.

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    1 Jill December 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Thank you for the timely recipe-my daughter was just wanting me to figure out when we could make molasses cookies for Christmas! I appreciate your notes to making it a “better for you” cookies ;0)
    Have you used xylitol as a “powdered sugar” topping?
    Have you ever used soaked flour for any cookie recipes?


    2 Ashley December 14, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Perfect recipe. I’ve been wanting use up this molasses that’s been sitting in my pantry far too long. And I have all the stuff for it!


    3 sue e. December 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I love molassas cookies, and a few years back, a friend told me to try dipping them halfway in white chocolate. These are fantastic!! Trader Joe’s sells white chocolate chips without parially hydrogenated oil.
    White chips without partially hydrogenated oils are very hard to find. You could try baking chocolate, too.


    4 jmr December 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I’ll be making these today. I have the same recipe and these are my favorite Christmas cookies. I plan to use a mixture of coconut oil and butter for the shortening. I don’t eat gluten so I’ve mixed up a gf flour blend that works well in regular cookie or quick bread recipes as long as I add an extra egg. Yum.

    I did wake up this morning to a news story in L.A. about the dangers of raw milk and how dangerous it is for children because it has bacteria. The story reminded me I need to go to the store to buy some to drink with my cookies.


    5 KitchenKop December 16, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Hey maybe you would consider sharing your recipe and I can add it here for a GF option???



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