Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies, a recipe passed down for generations. Rolled in large sugar crystals, they bake into a crisp exterior but soft in the middle. Great on their own, perfect for ice cream sandwiches! A must make!
This week is my sister’s birthday! Cue the balloons, party hats and streamers …… well as we get older maybe not exactly the party we want to have. We want to celebrate with those we love and with good food!! What better way than a family recipe that comes with lots of great memories.
The solution for my dilemma for making something that will make the birthday girl smile???? Baking our Mom’s Old-Fashioned Molasses cookies.
My sister came home one summer for an extended visit and I think we made these cookies every single day if not twice a day. Seriously, we must have made them 50 times that month she was home. It took me years after that summer to be able to eat them, but after I made a batch for this post I was addicted all over again. I can’t keep my hands off of them they taste so good.
They are ultra easy to make and they have hints of all the yummy spices that are comforting…..cinnamon, molasses, cloves and sugar. I loved that I had everything in my pantry to make them.
I mean really?!?! Simple, stock ingredients, and yummy? WINNING!!!
My mom was always good at having her cookies come out very uniform. She did this by using different scoops. With this recipe after mixing together the ingredients, you use a small scooper to get equal amounts of dough together then roll them into a perfect ball coat the ball in sugar.
When you bake them they spread out flat and are uniformly even. They are adorable and very delicious. Did I say how the flavor of this cookie is very comforting? I can’t say it enough. It just takes you back to times with old-fashioned homemade goodness!
WANT ANOTHER USE FOR THESE OLD-FASHIONED MOLASSES COOKIES?
This Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies recipe makes quite a few cookies so I’m thinking they will be perfect for a homemade ice cream sandwich too. But that’s a post for another day. Today it’s for celebrating my sister and enjoying one of my Mom’s old-fashioned cookies!!
- 3/4 cup Crisco Shortening
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 large Egg beaten
- 1/2 cup Molasses
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Using a mixer, cream shortening and sugar until well blended.
- Then add beaten egg and Molasses, mix on high for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves, Repeat a second time. (Sifting the ingredients twice makes certain that the spices are well incorporated. **see notes**
- Add dry sifted ingredients 1/3 at a time to creamed mixture.
- Place mixing bowl in fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Using a 1/2" scooping utensil roll dough into balls, then roll in sugar to coat.
- Place balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet 2 1/2" apart. **see notes
- Bake for 12 - 15 minutes until browned and crackled, turning the pan at 6 minutes.
- Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
If you don't have a sifter, use a mesh strainer and tap the strainer with your hand to sift ingredients.
Cookies will spread out, so be sure and leave room in between them.
If you like cookies be sure and check out these other recipes that I have Tropical Cookies and these St Patricks Day cookies… You can make them with other colored coconut for whatever time of year it is!