Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 mins
This recipe has been handed down in our family since World War II and it remains a favorite with the grandkids today. Do not substitute anything for the melted shortening; your results will not be as good. If you prefer a crispier molasses cookie, bake one minute longer. These cookies freeze well (if you can keep your family from eating them up first!)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt shortening and allow it to cool.
- In a large bowl, mix together the shortening, sugar, molasses, and egg. Beat well.
- Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add to shortening/sugar mixture, mix well.
- Chill dough about half an hour or until firm.
- Roll into 1" balls, then roll balls in sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
- Bake about 8 minutes at 375 degrees. The edges should be slightly brown. Do not overbake!
- Cool on racks before storing.
This was a nice chewy if baked for 8 minutes. When baked for 9 - 10 it was a nice crunchy cookie. I did not flatten the dough down on the cookie sheet. So a person has to watch so they don't roll away. This was made for Preemie Care Center during Fall 2011 PAC
These were a delight and had a wonderful taste...made my whole house smell like fall! Made for PAC fall 2011
Oh these are sooo good and I am 73 and I have been making molasses cookies for a long time and believe me these are the best !!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share