Mom's Molasses Cookies Recipe
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Mom's Molasses Cookies Recipe

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The kitchen smells so good when Mom is baking these yummy cookies, which we like to make with sorghum. They're chewy and tender, with a sugary coating. It's hard to eat just one! -Brenda Beachy Belvidere, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 63 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, molasses, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Roll into 1-1/4-in. balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10-14 minutes or until tops crack and edges are slightly firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.
Originally published as Mom's Molasses Cookies in Taste of Home August/September 2004, p36

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mom2lauren User ID: 7407229 260601
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"Wonderful recipe. Just the right amount of spice and soft and chewy. I didn't refrigerate due to time constraints but they were very easy to roll without refrigeration. I took some out to the contractors building our garage and also gave a dozen to the plumber here doing some work. They were both delighted. As a Volunteer Field Editor I enjoy trying out new recipes as part of my duties. You will not be disappointed with this recipe!"

vagop User ID: 7707111 239255
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"These were so soft, chewy, and delicious! We made it for Christmas and they are definitely a keeper! :)"

MimiWest User ID: 6730379 112866
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"My husband was hungry for comfort food yesterday, these cookies were so delicious I am making another batch today, so good!"

debnbrian User ID: 536671 136157
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"I would decrease the nutmeg to 1/2 a teaspoon, but otherwise this recipe is the best Molasses cookie recipe we've tried."

janice106 User ID: 1847308 136388
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Soft and Delicious!!!!!"

Lacornman User ID: 3406040 142366
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"These cookies were the best, in fact we ate nearly the whole batch that night. I think there are only 8 left. I did make them a little larger than the recipe called for tho."

Straight Face User ID: 6944729 206319
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"Absolutely delicious!! In my opinion, molasses cookies have to be soft, and these were perfect!! I'd definitely make these again"

Mamacheese2004 User ID: 2528734 63605
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"Best molasses cookies I've ever made. Yummy and chewy."

ladybug810 User ID: 791745 136385
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"This has been my all-time favorite molasses cookie recipe since it appeared in a 2004 issue of Taste of Home. In fact, it's probably in my top 3 cookies of any kind!!"

sugarcrafter User ID: 3942214 143140
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"These cookies were just too hard once they cooled completely...I expected them to be soft, so I probably won't make these again."

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