Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

Simple-to-make molasses cookies are a great lunch box or after school snack. Recipe source: Bon Appetit (October, 1990). Prep time includes refrigeration time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.
  3. Melt shortening in small saucepan over low heat.
  4. Pour melted shortening in large bowl and let stand until cool.
  5. Mix in 1 cup of sugar, molasses and egg.
  6. Combine dry ingredients (flour-nutmeg) together.
  7. Stir into shortening/sugar mixture.
  8. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 10 minutes.
  9. Pour additional sugar (about 1/4 cup) in bowl.
  10. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar to coat.
  11. Place cookies on prepared cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.
  12. Bake cookies 8-10 minutes or until barely set (will finish setting as they cool).
  13. Transfer cookies to wire rack to finish cooling.
Most Helpful

5 5

Loved these! They are like a soft gingersnap. Shared them at work, and they were a big hit. Had to put some in the freezer for a doc that is out of town right now....she will love them! I'll let you know how they freeze. Thanks for sharing! Made for Rookie Tag game.

5 5

Fantastic! Wasn't sure what shortening was (I'm in the UK) so I used half lard and half butter. They taste really good and my 12 year old loves them!! Many thanks!

5 5

Fabulous!!! Soft and flavorful, this recipe is definitely a keeper! Made the recipe exactly as written, and couldn't be more pleased! The spices are wonderful, and the molasses adds a depth of flavor that can't be beat-thank you for this recipe!! It is perfect for the fall season and holidays-I plan on making more to give away as gifts to my co-workers. Thanks again ! Teresa