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chewy molasses cookies

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Hope Wasylenki
Gahanna, OH

Soft and chewy, with a good spicy molasses flavor. These cookies are a harbinger of the holidays. Yes, you can make them any time of the year, but to me, they scream Christmas!

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Is it really Christmas until you've had a good molasses cookie? This is the perfect chewy one and we could not stop eating them. The spices are perfectly balanced. Inside the cookie is soft and chewy. Outside they are sugary and slightly crisp. Once baked the perfect crackle forms on top. A traditional cookie for Christmas, these need to be on your holiday cookie tray.

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★★★★★ 2
serves 18 cookies
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For chewy molasses cookies

  • 3/4 c
    butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 1/2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground allspice
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp
    ground ginger
  • granulated sugar, for rolling

How To Make chewy molasses cookies

  • Brown sugar, shortening, egg, and molasses mixed well.
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream together brown sugar and shortening. Stir in egg and molasses and mix well.
  • Dry ingredients mixed together.
    In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • Adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients.
    Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients a little at a time. Stir until combined.
  • Dough in a mixing bowl.
    Once all the ingredients are combined you'll have a stiff dough.
  • Scooping out portions of dough.
    Roll dough into small balls (I use a small cookie scoop).
  • Rolling dough into sugar.
    Roll in white sugar.
  • Cookie dough on a baking sheet.
    Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper that's been lightly greased. Keep cookies about 2 inches apart. Alternatively, you can use a Sil-Pat mat, if you have old cookie sheets.
  • Molasses Cookies baking in the oven.
    Bake 8 - 9 minutes.
  • Chewy molasses cookies cooling.
    Leave on cookie sheet 1 - 2 minutes until set.
  • Cookies moved to a wire rack to cool.
    Then slide the parchment paper or move cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely. Keep in an airtight container for about a week (if they last that long).