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Molasses Cookies

Excellent Molasses Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24
Author Cookie Madness


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves plus a pinch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus a pinch
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar plus 1/4 for rolling
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Have ready two parchment lined baking sheets.
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and spices.
  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together softened butter, shortening, and 1 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in molasses, then beat in the egg.
  • Gradually add flour mixture and stir until blended.
  • In a small shallow bowl put remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Form dough into 2-inch balls (for large cookies) or use a medium cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons) to form smaller balls.
  • Roll in sugar. On baking sheets arrange balls about 4 inches apart (closer if making the smaller cookies) and flatten slightly with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
  • Bake cookies on center rack for 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden. (Cookies should be soft.) Transfer cookies with a metal spatula to racks to cool.