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Secret Treat Molasses Cookies Recipe

Secret Treat Molasses Cookies Recipe

This recipe has been passed down for generations. I've made these cookies for years, but like my mother, I only make them for special occasions. They're fun to decorate and delicious to eat, with a "surprise flavor" inside.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves
  • GLAZE:
  • 1-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg; mix well. Beat in molasses. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger; add to creamed mixture and mix well. (The dough will be very stiff.) Cover and chills several hours or overnight. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness; cut into 2-1/4-in. to 2-1/2-in circles. Place 1/2 teaspoon preserves on half of the circles; top with remaining circles. Pinch edges together to seal. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients and frost cooled cookies. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 169 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"The dough was fairly easy to work with, and the molasses flavour was not too strong. I'd probably put a bit more jam into each cookie next time, but we'll be keeping this on our Christmas baking list!"

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"These are my son's most requested cookie! They are like little pies and are more of a dessert than most cookies. Definitely worth the extra effort!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2009

"As the recipe is written, you come up with a cookie that is SUPER sweet and sugary. I would rate it lower for that reason. HOWEVER, I had some extra dough that I cut out cookies in the shape of gingerbread men because the color of the dough was so gorgeous. The gingerbread men were absolutely beautiful and tasted great without all the jelly and frosting on them. The gingerbread (I mean, molasses men!) were fantastic and I am planning to make another batch with just a tiny bit of frosting embellishments. 5 STAR for the molasses men!"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"I'm going to make them, They will be a hit!!!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"My Mother used to make us something like this when we were young; the only thing different is that she used apple jam or apple butter in place of the strawberry jam--Quite Yummy! Thanx for the blast from the past"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"Nice recipe"

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