Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 10 mins

Your basic molasses cookies.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream together shortening and sugar.
  2. Add molasses and egg; beat well.
  3. Sift together flour, soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt; add to molasses mixture.
  4. Mix well; chill.
  5. Form into 1-inch balls, roll in granulated sugar and place on greased cookie sheets two inches apart.
  6. Bake in moderately hot oven, 375° for 8-10 minutes.
Most Helpful

5 5

These were wonderful Leta. I used fresh ground ginger rather than powder and I am so glad I did! My entire family raved! I also quadrupled the recipe, but ended up with more like 12 dozen cookies rather than the 8 dozen I had anticipated. They were done in exactly 10 minutes (still slightly chewy, which is the way we like them). This recipe has inspired me to try a couple different things as well. If they work out as I expect, then I'll post the final recipe and credit you for the inspiration! Thank you for sharing this recipe Leta!!!

5 5

Bless you Leta!!! These were so simple and so yummy! I've been searching for a similar recipe to Einstein Bros. white chocolate ginger cookies and this fit the bill!!!! Just a tad bit more ginger and its a match! Obviously, this means I added white chocolate chunks to the recipe, but other than that and I made it as-is. I had to freeze them almost immediately...I ate 5 of them before the last batch was even out of the oven!

5 5

Wonderful cookies! I used butter flavor Crisco for the shortening. I didn't roll them in sugar but sprinkled sugar on them while they were cooling. The amount of spices were perfect. I scooped the cookies out with a small cookie scoop. I'm adding this recipe to my recipe box.