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virginia's molasses cookies- recipe 100 years old

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Family Favorites
Not Far From Green Bay, WI

My grandmother, Virginia, was a culinary instructor until her passing at over 100 years. This recipe was one of her signatures and remains a family favorite four generations later. Hope they become one of your family's favorites, too!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is a delicious, basic old-fashioned molasses cookie. It has the perfect balance of spices and sweetness. The sugary coating gives the cookie a little crunch on the outside, but the inside stays perfectly tender. These molasses cookies are easy to make and filled with fall and winter spices.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For virginia's molasses cookies- recipe 100 years old

  • 3/4 c
    shortening, I use 1 stick margarine and 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 c
  • 1/4 c
    heaping, molasses
  • 1 lg
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 2 1/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp

How To Make virginia's molasses cookies- recipe 100 years old

  • Shortening and sugar creamed together.
    Cream shortening and sugar.
  • Molasses added to the bowl.
    Add molasses; blend well.
  • Adding an egg to the batter.
    Add egg and beat until smooth.
  • Sifting flour, soda, salt, and spices.
    Sift together flour, soda, salt, and spices.
  • Adding dry to wet ingredients.
    Mix together with wet ingredients.
  • Rolling dough into a ball.
    Form into 1" balls.
  • Rolling ball in sugar.
    Roll in sugar.
  • Pressing down cookies.
    Flatten slightly with the bottom of a juice glass dipped in sugar. Place 2" apart on well greased cookie sheet.
  • Molasses cookies baking in the oven.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. (Watch first batch closely as my oven runs a little hot.) Remove immediately and cool on toweling or wire racks.