I have always enjoyed eating traditional food. And lately, I’ve been interested in the making of traditional recipes. Molasses cookies made the same way our Grannies used to make them really appeal to me, and I think these Molasses Cookies will make you want to hide that cookie jar where only you can find it!

But before you put on your apron to start making them, here are some helpful tips that will make the process easier for you.  

Which molasses is best for cookies?

You can use just about any molasses that you like to make these cookies. But Light Molasses is said to be the best type of molasses for making cookies soft. Don’t worry about what type of molasses too much, as I’m sure you will enjoy your cookies regardless of which molasses you choose to use.

The Ingredients

The main ingredient in this cookie recipe is molasses. It has a lot of nutritional benefits, and it is simply a good cookie ingredient. This recipe includes three of my favourite spices… Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. So expect to taste some spicy goodness when you bite into these Molasses Cookies.

All-Purpose Flour Vs Baking Flour

All-purpose flour is the choice for this recipe, as cookies need to be crunchy and chewy. Baking flour is for making dough or batter rise, but that is not the case for cookies. Baking flour is higher in gluten content which allows stretching, so it is better for cakes and not cookies.

Brown Sugar VS White Sugar

You will be using brown sugar to make these cookies. It is very potent in flavour and is stronger than white sugar. So it not only has a strong colour but also flavour. And that is what you will want for this recipe.

Rolling In White Sugar

These cookies are rolled in granulated sugar after baking. This can add some sweetness to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours, but in this case, the sugar is mainly for appearance. You can even get creative and used coloured sugar. Of course, you can Diy your coloured sugar or buy it at the store.

Making Soft Cookies

These cookies are supposed to be soft. So you will need to make sure you bake them at the right temperature. Also, do try to avoid over-baking them by letting them stay too long in the oven, as that can result in them being too crispy.

Using An Electric Mixer Vs Manual Mixing

An electric mixer will make life easier with these cookies. But you can also roll up your sleeves and eliminate that mixer for this recipe. A wooden spoon would be preferable if you are going to mix this dough without the mixer though.

Express Chilling In The Freezer

You are required to chill this dough for at least an hour. But if you do

not have so much time on your hands, you can always do some express chilling. You may do this by using the freezer instead of the chiller/refrigerator. But if you use this method, you might not need to leave it in the freezer for more than 15 minutes. Or just let it chill until it becomes firm enough and ready for baking.

What To Serve These Cookies With

You can serve these cookies with some milk. You might opt for cold milk on a warm day in Spring or Summer, and hot milk on a chilly day in Autumn or Winter. You can also serve them with a dip.

How Many Cookies

This recipe will yield around 20 to 24 medium-sized cookies. You can make more cookies by making smaller cookie balls or by increasing the ingredients according to the measurements. You can also make bigger cookies from this recipe, but of course, expect to get fewer cookies.

When To Serve Them

Cookies are a good option for dessert. And they are also good for serving just as a snack. However, I prefer to have cookies for supper. But have it your way! Especially for these Molasses Cookies… Have them whenever you please.

How To Store Them

Cookies are best stored in air-tight containers. So you can store these cookies in a jar or in a zip lock bag. If you have any storage idea of your own that will prevent air from touching them, feel free to try it out. But always try to prevent air from reaching your cookies so they can stay fresh for as long as possible.

With these tips, I am quite sure you must have learnt something new. Also you won’t have too many questions that you won’t have an answer for when making these delicious Molasses Cookies. So I hope you will enjoy both your time in the kitchen and eating your cookies.

Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies

Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies

Yield: 20-24 Slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Craving something sweet? Well Sink your teeth into one of these Soft Molasses Cookies and send your tastebuds on a blissful ride you won't soon forget.


  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (garnish)


  1. Cream shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add egg and molasses to and continue to beat until well incorporated.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients including spices. Add cream mixture to dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or until Firm.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350°F.
  4. Once the dough is chilled, remove from refrigerator and roll into 3/4 balls. Roll each ball in the granulated sugar and place on the lined baking sheet. Leave 1-2 inches of space between them.
  5. Bake for approximately 8-12 minutes or until set. Place on a rack to cool before serving. Yields 20-24 cookies.

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