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Molasses Cookies on Decorative Cookie Sheet

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Old-fashioned melt-in-your-mouth molasses cookies—this is Grandma’s recipe for soft, chewy cookies with the most delicious molasses flavor.

  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 5 dozen 1x


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  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Granulated sugar – for dipping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix all of dry ingredients, including baking soda, salt, flour, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening and brown sugar using an electric mixer.
  4. Then add the eggs and molasses. Mix well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture and stir.
  6. Use a cookie scoop (or a tablespoon) to measure cookie dough and form a ball.
  7. Roll the dough ball in white sugar.
  8. Place onto a prepared baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches of room in between each cookie.
  9. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  10. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  12. Store in an airtight container. (The cookies will soften in a plastic container.)


You can use butter, but be sure to read how butter vs. shortening affects this recipe.

Allow about 2 inches between each cookie dough ball, they will spread while baking.

No need to press the cookies down on the pan, but you can if you choose to – this will make the cookies less crinkly. Read our crinkle tips.

Nutritional information is our best estimate.

  • Author: Northern Yum
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 90
  • Sugar: 8.9 g
  • Sodium: 52.1 mg
  • Fat: 3.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13.8 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.2 mg

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