This recipe is at least 175 years old. It has been in my family forever, it just gets handed down from one generation to the next. Makes good gingerbread men.

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Ingredients

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

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  • Cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses slowly, stirring constantly. Mix spices with cream of tartar and add to mixture.

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  • Mix baking soda and buttermilk. Add alternately with the flour to the sugar and spices mixture. You may not need the whole 9 cups of flour but you should end up with a fairly stiff dough. Chill dough overnight.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Roll dough out to at least 1/4-inch thick (the thicker the better), using as little flour as possible. Keep dough refrigerated when not rolling and cutting. Cut into cookies and brush with beaten egg. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Alternately, you can form the dough into golf ball size round, roll in white sugar, place on a cookie sheet and then flatten slightly.

Nutrition Facts

292.3 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 52.7g 17% DV; fat 7.3g 11% DV; cholesterol 0.3mg; sodium 137.1mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2008
Note to those that already tried this recipe and were disappointed: If the cookies were too tough or cakey try using less flour as instructed in the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2002
We ended up throwing all but two cookies away. The cookies were cakey and tasted terrible. I would not recommend this recipe to anyone. Read More
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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
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  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2008
Note to those that already tried this recipe and were disappointed: If the cookies were too tough or cakey try using less flour as instructed in the recipe. Read More
(14)
Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2002
We ended up throwing all but two cookies away. The cookies were cakey and tasted terrible. I would not recommend this recipe to anyone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2010
I made some changes to this recipe and they came out GREAT! I used soy flour instead of regular flour (and 8 cups instead of 9) butter instead of shortening added another 1/2 cup of buttermilk and an egg. NOTE: If you want sweet molasses sugar cookies you will not like these. This recipe will make soft flavorful molasses cookies that are not too sweet. Taste the batter before you bake them. If you think it needs more sugar add more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2008
A family favorite for generations. My grandma made a cut out cookie placed a big old flattened raisin (hard to find nowadays)in the middle then sprinkled with sugar delicious. The first time I made them (I was in my 20s) and new to making cookies I doubled the recipe and had cookies on every flat surface of my house. But all the neighbors couldn't get enough of them. Great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2002
The cookies were yummy. So good my sister wants the recipe. Barb from California Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2005
These are the best molasses cookies I have ever made or tasted. My family will be making these more often!!! Thank you Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2005
Flavourful! Disappeared quickly in my house. Thank for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/17/2006
I bake cookies all the time and can usually choose good recipes for them but not this time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2015
I've made this recipe for years with the same ingredients my grandmother and great grandmother used this also best molasses cookie around very old recipe thanks for posting it Read More
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