Old Fashioned Molasses Thumbprint Cookies

Pat Duran


This is one of Aunt Annie's recipes from the old country(Germany).
These were always in the cookie jar. When I was little my mom and I would visit her and as soon as we got there- I would go right to her pantry and stand in front of the cookie jar until she came looking for me and would give me a cookie. I can still taste the delicious molasses and sugar on my tongue. Great memories; tasty too!


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40 cookies- about
15 Min
10 Min


  • 2/3 c
    crisco oil
  • 1/3 c
    dark molasses
  • 1 large
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    each cloves and ginger
  • 1 tsp
    each of cinnamon,allspice and nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 - 2 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • garnishes
    granulated sugar and raspberry jam

How to Make Old Fashioned Molasses Thumbprint Cookies


  1. Heat oven to 375^.
    Combine oil, molasses, egg and sugar in a large mixer bowl. Beat well to combine on medium speed.
  2. Blend together 2 cups of flour and remaining ingredients, then add slowly a little at a time to the molasses mixture. If more flour is needed in order to roll into balls add and mix in now.
  3. Roll in balls and place on lightly sprayed cookie sheets. Press down with bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar then make a small depression in the center of each cookie with a honey spool or your thumb.
  4. Fill cookie depression with jam of choice -I like raspberry .
    Bake in a 350^ oven for 8-10 minutes. Leave cookies on sheet for 1 minute until set. Remove to wire rack or paper to cool completely.

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About Old Fashioned Molasses Thumbprint Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: German

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