What could be better than cookies from grandmothers?

This is a recipe (word-for-word) my grandmother (who we called Nana) made when my sister and I would visit. She passed away this year, but making these cookies brings back wonderful memories. Making these cookies was very nostalgic, but also wonderful because in a way you can visit someone you miss through the comfort of food once made by them.

Molasses Cookies


  • 3/4 cup shortening (Blue Bonnet Margarine)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Melt shortening in a 3 or 4 quart pan over low heat. Remove from heat; let cool. Add sugar, molasses and egg; beat well. Sift together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Add to first mixture. Mix well. Chill.

Form 1 inch balls, roll in granulated sugar.

molasses cookie ball

Place on greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake in moderately hot oven (350) about 8-10 minutes.

Molasses cookie sheet

(I often make the batter the day before and leave it in the refrigerator until baking).

These cookies have a wonderful, mild molasses flavor, but the best part is how chewy they are, especially fresh out of the oven!

Category : Recipes