Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr

My mom is quite famous for these cookies. Everyone loves them.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt shortening and let cool. Add 1 c sugar, molasses and egg. Beat well.
  2. Sift dry ingredients, except the remaining sugar. Add to first mixture. Mix well.
  3. Chill at least 1 hour. (Don't skip this step!).
  4. Form in 1 inch balls and roll in remaining sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes on greased cookie sheets. (As low as 7 minutes in a convection oven).
  5. NOTE: To get the texture just right, follow the directions closely. Specifically three things: don't substitute butter or margarine for the shortening, melt the shortening, and hand form the cookies.
Most Helpful

A very nice, crispy cookie with a crackled surface. Sprinkled chopped crystallized ginger pieces on the tops of a few of them just to try. Good, but they're delicious just made as written. Thanks.

Maven in the Making April 02, 2014

Very nice cookies. I used a 1 tbsp scoop and got 42 cookies. Baked for 11 minutes and the edges were crispy with chewy centers. Just the way I like them. :) Thanks Puppitypup! Update Dec 22,2010 - I'm making theses again in less than a week. Special request by the man who doesn't like molasses cookies. lol UPDATE: Jan 26, 2011 - froze the dough in balls that had be dipped in sugar. Defrosted on the cookie sheet then baked for 10 minutes. Perfect!!!! Great time saver.

Diana #2 January 26, 2011

Very pretty, very delicious cookies, even for a non-molasses lover. Baked up like a charm. Thanks, would definitely make again.

Munchkin Mama January 08, 2009