Jumbo Molasses Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min./batch


3-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jul. 26, 2022
"These gigantic molasses cookies remind me of the ones my grandmother used to make," remembers Joan Stull of Titusville, Florida. At nearly 4 inches across, they're nicely spiced, delightfully chewy and bound to be noticed!


  • 3 cups butter-flavored shortening
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Additional sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in molasses and eggs. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  2. Shape 1/4 cupfuls of dough into balls; roll in sugar. Place four cookies on a greased baking sheet at a time. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until edges are set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Editor's Note: In order to fit the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, prepare half of the recipe at a time.
Large Recipe
Make half of the recipe at a time to fit into a mixing bowl.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 315 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.