These cookies store wonderfully and keep for several days.



Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cream together until light and fluffy butter flavored shortening and brown sugar. Add egg and molasses and beat well. Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ground cloves and ginger. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

  • Chill at least 1 hour or overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Roll into 1-inch balls, roll in sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan.

Nutrition Facts

116 calories; 5.6 g total fat; 6 mg cholesterol; 109 mg sodium. 15.8 g carbohydrates; 1.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (65)

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80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 66
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
My son says these are the best cookies I've ever made and I agree! I used butter instead of shortening. YUM!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
For me this is the perfect molasses cookie. I've been searching for years and finally found it - crisp yet chewy tasting of molasses and spices and sugar melting in the mouth. Think the Starbuck's molasses cookie but smaller. Not being fond of shortening I compromised with half butter flavor shortening and half butter and being very fond of cloves I upped the cloves to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Otherwise I followed the recipe and was very happy. Be aware that the dough is rather sticky so your hands will be too when you're done. Well worth the trouble though. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I offered these cookies at a party along with 5 other treats and these went the quickest. They were a combination of chewy soft and crisp. This will replace my current molassas cookie recipe for sure! Delicious!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
i love the flavour of these cookies! i substitute butter for shortening/ these really satisfy my molasses craving. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
really good Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved these! I have never heard of a molasses cookie but OMG Yum! I chilled the dough for about an hour and they turned out plump & chewy. Cooled mine on a granite counter to keep them soft. 8 minutes baking was definately enough for my oven. A new family (and neighborhood favorite:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A yummy old-fashioned tasting cookie. I usually add a 3/4 cup of raisins. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
excellent cookies - full of flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are so yummy and very easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing this keeper of a recipe. Read More