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Lo-Cal Molasses Cookies

While the dough can be shaped immediately after combining the ingredients, refrigerating it allows the sweet, spicy flavors to mingle and mellow. —Kim Van Rheenen, Mendota, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Beat oil, molasses, 1/4 cup sugar and egg until blended. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and spices; add to molasses mixture and mix well. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 1 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are set and tops are cracked, 8-10 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 69 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 73mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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