Total Time
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!)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt shortening and allow it to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the shortening, sugar, molasses, and egg. Beat well.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add to shortening/sugar mixture, mix well.
  4. Chill dough about half an hour or until firm.
  5. Roll into 1" balls, then roll balls in sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  6. Bake about 8 minutes at 375 degrees. The edges should be slightly brown. Do not overbake!
  7. Cool on racks before storing.
Most Helpful

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

Charlotte J October 24, 2011

These were a delight and had a wonderful taste...made my whole house smell like fall! Made for PAC fall 2011

CIndytc October 23, 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

betsy222 December 14, 2009