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Posted by / Thursday, November 15, 2012

Molasses Cookies


I posted these delicious cookies almost exactly 1 year ago and I thought I would update the picture of Molasses Cookies! My photography skills have defiantly come along way. The first two pictures are the updated pictures and the third picture with the glass of milk was taken last year! I personally like picture number two but I have a feeling foodgawker  will tell me picture number one is better because of composition!
I just love this picture! I feel it really relays just how delicious these cookies are!Molasses-Cookies.jpg
Nothing says the holidays like molasses cookies!  It's that time of year to start thinking about holiday baking so I thought I would share 1 of my favorite cookie recipes. This recipe came to me from my neighbor Kathy who saved me the day I was locked out of the house. She is the cookie queen! I love these they are chewy and moist with a nice balance of spices. I make these every year, so far this was the 3rd batch of the season! If you have great neighbors like I do make sure to share, receiving these always makes my day!
Cream shortening and sugar on medium  until light and fluffy. I use organic non hydrogenated shortening and organic sugar.
Add molasses, spices, baking soda, salt and eggs. Beat on medium low until well blended.
Add all of the flours and mix on low until well incorporated.
Roll 1" balls with dough.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Use a cup dipped into sugar on the bottom and flatten the balls. Press just enough to make the top level. Bake for 7-9 minutes until cookies if touched with a finger are almost firm.

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Molasses Cookies

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Molasses Cookies
Prep time: PT10M
Cook time: PT7M
Total time: PT17M
Yield: 36 Cookies
  • 3/4 cup Shortening
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 1 whole Large Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour or All-Purpose
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar (Reserved For Flattening With Cup)
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream Shortening and Sugar on medium in blender or by hand with a spoon.
  3. Add molasses, eggs, baking soda, salt and spices mix on medium low or until well incorporated.
  4. Add flour and mix on medium low until no longer visible.
  5. Shape into 1 inch balls or use a cookie scoop to form 1 inch balls.
  6. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Space cookies 2 inches apart.
  7. Use the bottom of a clean cup to press lightly onto 1 ball to transfer a bit of grease to the bottom of the glass. Dip into reserved sugar and then gently press into cookies until they just become level. Repeat dipping in sugar and gently pressing into the cookies until all have been done.
  8. Bakes for 7-9 minutes, cookies will be almost firm if touched lightly on the top.


  1. flattening it with a glass is a great idea! The cookies look simply divine!

  2. What lovely neighbors you have!:) I do agree, there are just people who always seem to be around to make your day! God bless their kind souls ;)

  3. I have never used molasses. Now I'm curious and tempted. :) I also love the tip to flatten the cookies using a glass coated in sugar. Great idea!

  4. *sigh* I love molasses cookies! GREAT idea on flattening them!

  5. Those look like gorgeous cookies!

  6. I love molasses cookies and haven't had any in forever. Thanks for giving me an easy recipe for the next time I'm craving them.

  7. My daughters love molasses cookies with a glass of chocolate milk or just plain milk! Your version looks perfect!

  8. I love this cookies Serena, Beautiful lovely click. Yes I am in mood of updating the pictures.

  9. Oh I love these cookies, it's the start of the holiday season now ;) Great idea with the sugar/glass bottom, bookmarking for the holidays!

  10. These are beautiful! They make me want to start making cookies for Christmas!

  11. Actually, the picture from last year is composed the best. The rule of thirds is that you divide your picture into thirds and have a very prominent feature in the left third or the right third as you do the glass of milk. The 2 newer pics are nice but it's cookies centered in the middle with nothing else. The first one tells a story with the milk and the big bite out of a cookie. Much more interesting. Just my 2cents worth. Now pass me a cookie! ;-)

  12. Do you think it would work if I replaced the shortening with butter?

  13. Hi Diane, I actually just tried out butter last batch and they were very delicious! Have a wonderful week!



Hi! My name is Serena and welcome to my site! I'm a wife and mother to 3. A few of my favorite things are cooking, baking, dark chocolate, family game nights, and the ocean. My biggest dislike is lima beans, please don't ask for a recipe... My husband Colt regularly joins me in the kitchen and has become the primary photographer of our site. I hope you'll join us on our fun cooking adventure!

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