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Sally Ann Cookies

These soft, cake-like cookies are especially satisfying because they're very low in fat," remarks Sarah Jane Hayes of Dilworth, Minnesota. "I modified an old recipe, and my husband and I like this version even better."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 2 egg whites


  • In a bowl, combine sugar, molasses and coffee. Combine dry ingredients; add to sugar mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Roll dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with 3-in. to 4-in. cookie cutters. Place on baking sheets that have been coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on wire racks.
  • Meanwhile, for frosting, combine sugar, water and vinegar in a heavy saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook over medium-high heat until a candy thermometer reads 234°-240° (soft-ball stage), about 5-10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in marshmallows until smooth.
  • In a bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Gradually beat in sugar mixture; beat on high for 7-8 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Frost the cookies.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 79 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.
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  • Jen
    Dec 9, 2019

    This is the first recipe from taste of home in over 30 years that didn’t turn out. The batter was like dust and crumbly. I tried it after chilling and also at room temp. It wouldn’t roll, or do anything. I dumped the whole thing into a 9X13 pan to see what would happen. It didn’t turn out. Others have had success with it? With no oil/butter/eggs I don’t see how that’s possible. Now it’s in the garbage ??

  • Jswoish27
    Sep 10, 2016

    I love these cookies. I don't make the marshmallow topping though. I use cream cheese frosting.

  • Pat5879
    Dec 29, 2011

    Recipe has become a family favorite.

  • quickfix
    Dec 22, 2011

    I haven't made it yet. I wanted to read the reviews.

  • Yeye
    Dec 18, 2011

    No comment left