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: Kent's favorite oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, chocolate chip cookies, 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.
- 3/4 cup shortening (you could use this palm shortening, no-flavor coconut oil, or melted butter — pastured butter is best)
- 1 cup sugar (Use any natural sugar, I use palm sugar, and you could probably easily cut this amount a bit, but I didn't want to mess with the recipe the first time I made these.)
- 1 egg (pastured eggs are best)
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 1/4 cups flour (my favorite now is einkorn flour or you could also use a combination of sprouted flour, spelt flour, or whatever you like to use.)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Cane sugar for the tops of the cookies
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.
Need more dessert or appetizer ideas for your Christmas parties?
- Desserts that are a *little* less unhealthy than most
- Appetizers – Every year I seem to make the same appetizer wherever we're going – this year it has been this Avocado Dip with a Surprise Ingredient
- What are you bringing to your holiday parties this year?