Secret Treat Molasses Cookies Recipe
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Secret Treat Molasses Cookies Recipe

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This recipe has been passed down for generations. I've made these cookies for years, but like my mother, I only make them for special occasions. They're fun to decorate and delicious to eat, with a "surprise flavor" inside.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 169 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. (The dough will be very stiff.) Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut into 2-1/4-in. to 2-1/2-in. circles. Place 1/2 teaspoon preserves on half of the circles; top with remaining circles. Pinch edges together to seal. Place on greased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Combine glaze ingredients and frost cooled cookies. Yield: About 2 dozen.
Originally published as Secret Treat Molasses Cookies in Reminisce September/October 1994, p53

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twylight User ID: 765140 11120
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"The dough was fairly easy to work with, and the molasses flavour was not too strong. I'd probably put a bit more jam into each cookie next time, but we'll be keeping this on our Christmas baking list!"

joniotto User ID: 1827180 16841
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"These are my son's most requested cookie! They are like little pies and are more of a dessert than most cookies. Definitely worth the extra effort!"

love_my_life User ID: 2481170 15119
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"As the recipe is written, you come up with a cookie that is SUPER sweet and sugary. I would rate it lower for that reason. HOWEVER, I had some extra dough that I cut out cookies in the shape of gingerbread men because the color of the dough was so gorgeous. The gingerbread men were absolutely beautiful and tasted great without all the jelly and frosting on them. The gingerbread (I mean, molasses men!) were fantastic and I am planning to make another batch with just a tiny bit of frosting embellishments. 5 STAR for the molasses men!"

JeanneVincent User ID: 3196579 11113
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"I'm going to make them, They will be a hit!!!!!"

asnunez User ID: 2408742 70466
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"My Mother used to make us something like this when we were young; the only thing different is that she used apple jam or apple butter in place of the strawberry jam--Quite Yummy! Thanx for the blast from the past"

sharmaranjan User ID: 4249177 16840
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"Nice recipe"

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