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Jumbo Molasses Cookies Recipe

Jumbo Molasses Cookies Recipe

"These gigantic molasses cookies remind me of the ones my grandmother used to make," remembers Joan Stull of Titusville, Florida. At nearly 4 inches across, they're nicely spiced, delightfully chewy and bound to be noticed!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch YIELD:42 servings


  • 3 cups butter-flavored shortening
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Additional sugar


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in molasses and eggs. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • 2. Shape 1/4 cupfuls of dough into balls; roll in sugar. Place four cookies on a greased baking sheet at a time. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until edges are set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Make half of the recipe at a time to fit into a mixing bowl.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 315 calories, 14 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 306 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Reviews for Jumbo Molasses Cookies

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014


Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"I just read the review about flattening them a little. Not necessary with all sugar, but with splenda it may help."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"I've been making this recipe ever since I saw it in the magazine years ago. My family loves them. I make several batches during Thanksgiving and Christmas now to give away as gifts. Everyone who gets a taste loves them. The only " complaint" they have is how big they are and they " have" to eat the whole thing because it's so delicious. I do size them down at times. I've also substituted half of the sugar with Splenda and noticed that the cookies aren't as flat, which makes its easier to fit more on the cookie sheet. They come out just as delicious. But I wonder if I still need to refrigerate for an hour. In any case, enjoy this wonderful cookie, it makes the house smell heavenly!"

Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"Have made these several times! They ARE GREAT!!"

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2011

"Use olive oil in place of shortening - it's cheaper and faster!"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2010


Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

"This is a fantasic cookie,everyone i give them too always love them, and they beg for more, i roll mine in "suger in the raw" in the brown box in most stores and i flatten them just a little with my hand and they come out just perfect."

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"Well this cookies are ok.But for me nah!anyway who ever likes molasses dont bake them at 350,try baking them at 325 cause if you bake them higher they will burn."

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