Chewy Molasses Cookies

READY IN: 23mins
Recipe by buckeye1953

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!)

Top Review by Charlotte J

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

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.

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