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, trace 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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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

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

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!"

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."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Soft and Delicious!!!!!"

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."

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