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Soft Molasses Cutout Cookies Recipe

Soft Molasses Cutout Cookies Recipe

I received this recipe years ago, when my husband and I managed a retirement home. We'd always put out homemade cookies for morning and afternoon coffee, and these were the first to disappear.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:39 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Frosting or confectioners' sugar, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Frost or dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 156 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein

Reviews for Soft Molasses Cutout Cookies

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Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"Needed tons more flour. Super sticky and hard to work with. Weak flavor. Edible, but not at all a fave or anything I'd make again."

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2013

"Chilled dough for 6 hours. Dough came out of fridge soft and gooey. Added LOTS of flour and was able to roll it out, but even with lots of flour on the board, the dough stuck as I tried to lift it with a metal spatula. The cookies tasted good, but looked awful. Was not able to serve them to guests. Very disappointed."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"This is a great recipe. I didnt feel like rolling and doing cutouts, so I just spooned the batter by tablespoon fulls onto the greased cookie sheet and baked them for 14 minutes. Turned out great!!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"the dough was so sticky even after i put it in the freezer you could not cut out cookies. this was a disaster"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"This was easy to roll and cutout. They taste very good and soft."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"I thought this was a great tasting cookie.

I didn't cutout the cookies. Instead I rolled into 1" balls. Place on cookie sheet and used a fork in a crisscross pattern, then baked."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2008

"I have that book and looked it up. The recipe says 1 tsp of ginger. Now we know."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2008

"Since it is mentioned to add it in the directions but not mentioned in the listing of ingredients, I'll say it's from 1/2 to 1 tsp of ginger, depending on how 'ginger-y' you like your cookies."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2008

"How much ginger?"

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