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mom's molasses cookies

(4 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Sheila Devor
Towanda, KS

This is my mother's recipe. I've never come across anything better for a molasses cookie. Full of flavor and so incredibly soft. Top it off with some frosting and you are in pure heaven. They are so delicious that you won't just stop at one! Trust me! :)

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Soft and cake-like, these molasses cookies have a hint of gingerbread flavor. One bite and you know it's the holiday season. The simple frosting on top adds just the right amount of sweetness to this delightful cookie. We can see why they're a family favorite and would make a delicious addition to a holiday cookie tray.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(4 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For mom's molasses cookies

  • 1 c
    Crisco shortening
  • 1 c
  • 3/4 c
    molasses (I use Grandma's original )
  • 2 lg
  • 1 c
    cold water
  • 4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 stick
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp

How To Make mom's molasses cookies

  • Crisco shortening, sugar, molasses, eggs, water, and vanilla mixed together.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream Crisco shortening and sugar. Add molasses and eggs. Mix well. Then add water and vanilla; mix.
  • Flour, soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon mixed into shortening.
    Add dry ingredients - flour, soda, salt, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix well until all is blended together.
  • Dough dropped onto greased baking sheet.
    Drop by tablespoon full onto a greased cookie sheet or line your pan with parchment paper for easy cleanup. (I used a small ice cream scoop to drop my mixture). This is a creamy mixture and makes a lot of cookies. These cookies freeze very well.
  • Molasses cookies baking in the oven.
    Bake for 9 minutes. Do not overbake. Ovens vary and I have a new oven and it took 9 minutes. You may want to check at 7 minutes if you do smaller cookies. Let cool and frost.
  • Frosting ingredients combined in a bowl.
    For frosting, I just used 1 stick of butter, 3 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix well and frost your cooled cookies.