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molasses cookies

Favorite Molasses Cookies

Favorite Molasses Cookies
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20
Author Cookie Madness


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 210 grams
  • 1/2 scant teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened (57 grams)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening 48 grams
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 96 grams
  • 1/4 cup mild molasses 90 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • Topping: Sparkling or granulated sugar


  • Line a large plate or small baking sheet with foil.
  • Mix the flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon together and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses, then beat in the egg, scraping bowl often.
  • Gradually add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or heavy scraper to form a soft dough.
  • Spoon 20 tablespoons size blobs of dough onto the plates or baking sheet and chill for about 30 minutes or until dough is firm enough to shape into neat balls.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
  • Shape pre-scooped dough blobs into neat balls and dip tops in granulated or sparkly sugar.
  • Bake cookies one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes or until puffed and set.
  • Let cool for about 2 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack and let finish cooling.