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Mom's Molasses Cookies Recipe

Mom's Molasses Cookies Recipe

The kitchen smells so good when Mom is baking these yummy cookies, which we like to make with sorghum. They're chewy and tender, with a sugary coating. It's hard to eat just one! -Brenda Beachy Belvidere, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:60 servings


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, molasses, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 2. Roll into 1-1/4-in. balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 10-14 minutes or until tops crack and edges are slightly firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 63 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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mom2lauren User ID: 7407229 260601
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"Wonderful recipe. Just the right amount of spice and soft and chewy. I didn't refrigerate due to time constraints but they were very easy to roll without refrigeration. I took some out to the contractors building our garage and also gave a dozen to the plumber here doing some work. They were both delighted. As a Volunteer Field Editor I enjoy trying out new recipes as part of my duties. You will not be disappointed with this recipe!"

vagop User ID: 7707111 239255
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"These were so soft, chewy, and delicious! We made it for Christmas and they are definitely a keeper! :)"

MimiWest User ID: 6730379 112866
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"My husband was hungry for comfort food yesterday, these cookies were so delicious I am making another batch today, so good!"

debnbrian User ID: 536671 136157
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"I would decrease the nutmeg to 1/2 a teaspoon, but otherwise this recipe is the best Molasses cookie recipe we've tried."

janice106 User ID: 1847308 136388
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012

"Soft and Delicious!!!!!"

Lacornman User ID: 3406040 142366
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"These cookies were the best, in fact we ate nearly the whole batch that night. I think there are only 8 left. I did make them a little larger than the recipe called for tho."

Straight Face User ID: 6944729 206319
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2012

"Absolutely delicious!! In my opinion, molasses cookies have to be soft, and these were perfect!! I'd definitely make these again"

Mamacheese2004 User ID: 2528734 63605
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"Best molasses cookies I've ever made. Yummy and chewy."

ladybug810 User ID: 791745 136385
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"This has been my all-time favorite molasses cookie recipe since it appeared in a 2004 issue of Taste of Home. In fact, it's probably in my top 3 cookies of any kind!!"

sugarcrafter User ID: 3942214 143140
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"These cookies were just too hard once they cooled completely...I expected them to be soft, so I probably won't make these again."

dlindenf User ID: 4192917 55551
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"Delicious!! So soft and chewy! Everyone loved them"

erospert User ID: 1047861 55568
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"I have been using this recipe since I first saw it in Taste of Home. Our family likes enjoys the flavor of molasses so I usually increase it by 2/3 to 3/4 cup without making any other changes. This is the only recipe I will use."

crazy4the50s User ID: 2975695 136383
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"I got this recipe from the Taste of Home magazine a few years ago and loved these cookies! The woman who submitted it was right, they make the house smell absolutely wonderful! I plan on making them this Fall for my get togethers. :)"

ERBK2 User ID: 5385735 55567
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2009

"This recipe first appeared on a small phamphlet in a bag of flour back in 1939. I have such a pamphlet given to me by my mother."

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