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Favorite Molasses Cookies

Favorite Molasses Cookies, from Marjorie Jenkins of Lees Summit, Missouri, are chewy inside, crisp outside.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 dozen


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in molasses and egg. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture. Chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls; place on greased baking sheets. Press flat with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 89 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 81mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • delowenstein
    Jul 20, 2014

    I prepared these cookies actually 7/20/14-I'd mixed the dough on 7/19/14, put dough in an empty Cool Whip container, covered, and chilled the dough overnight! What I did do was add 1 tsp. salt to the sifted dry ingredients! I found that I actually didn't NEED to flatten the balls of dough as the cookies rose, then flattened naturally in the oven!. I had slightly flattened some of the cookie balls slightly with my fingers after rolling them in cinnamon-sugar! I also only baked at 8 minutes! They came out really nicely for me and weren't overly browned! These cookies made LESS than 6 dozen! The yield was actually about 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 dozen, depending on the size of the dough balls! I've learned to make smaller dough balls or drop dough in smaller amounts by a teaspoon to get more mileage out of a cookie recipe! Thank you, Marjorie Jenkins for sharing your recipe with Taste of Home! This recipe is a keeper! I admit that I DO use at least another TOH recipe for ginger cookies and that recipe works out just as well! delowenstein

  • blondie478
    Sep 13, 2012

    These are a total hit at my house. I substituted the white sugar for brown. My children ask for these cookies.

  • cherrylady
    Jun 10, 2011

    These are fabulous cookies! My family normally doesn't want cookies unless they involve chocolate chips, but they LOVED these!

  • Jeaniebeans
    Dec 15, 2010

    This is by far the best tasting molasses cookie ever. Most recipes use shortening but using butter adds flavor and a nice texture. Very pleasing flavor!

  • danya32
    Dec 21, 2009

    i have made this recipe several times and its requested by friends for their birthdays and at holidays.

  • dani88
    Feb 28, 2009

    Great cookie!

  • cherrylady
    Sep 30, 2008

    These were so yummy! I wish I'd doubled the batch! Normally my family doesn't think they're cookies if they don't have chocolate chips. These are exceptional cookies!