By Rinder on October 08, 2003
Photo by Sierra Silver
Photo by Sierra Silver
"The description in the Robin Hood Cookbook where this recipe came from was that in 1880 a young man would take his sweetheart to the restaurant and offer her the usual treat: spruce beer and molasses hands - so called because handfulls of cookie dough were put on sheets to bake."
Serving Size: 1 (1795 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Original review Dec07: I hate to give a low review, but I really don't care for these all that much. I usually love molasses cookies, but these were too much spice and not enough sweet for me. The texture was excellent (I rolled them in small balls and then in granulated sugar rather than rolling and cutting out), and they were very easy to make. I just think less molasses and probably more sugar would have been more to my taste. They are definitely not bad, just didn't work out so well for me. Sorry! New: I gave these another chance, and I'm glad I did! Last time I had organic molasses, and this time I had regular processed, and it made all the difference in the world!"
"I like that this made a nice, chewy cookie without shortening. The spices are great, and I might even add more another time. I like the less-sweet taste; rolled in sugar you taste sweet first, then spicy second. This recipe worked well for me using 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour. I used a smidge of blackstrap molasses (I long ago learned not to substitute the entire amount of molasses with blackstrap!!). Funny, when you need kids to help, they don't seem to mind rolling cookies and coating them in sugar! Just don't feed them baked cookies from the first batch until all cookies have been rolled! **Update** 8 days later, these cookies are still soft (from the cookie jar) and so incredible! The spice combo is perfect, as is the sweetness. Yes, 8 days is a long time for us to keep cookies in our jar, but we have to be self-controlled sometime!"
"I was craving something sweet the other night and realized I was out of eggs so I went searching. I'm so glad I found this recipe. These little cookies are the perfect combination of sweet, spicy and salty. I also made mine into balls and rolled in sugar and baked them for 12 minutes. I froze half the dough for a sweet snack mid-week. These are going in the favorites folder. Thank you Rinder!"
"I LOVE these cookies! I picked this recipe because it was the only one that didn't call for shortening (which I didn't have) and it seemed to use less sugar than the others. I made it a little more healthy by subbing whole wheat flour for most of the white flour and by adding wheat germ. I doubled the ginger and also added extra cinammon. Like the other posters, I rolled them in white sugar instead of using cookie cutters. Yum yum, will make this again next time I want something sweet!"
"Sweet, simple and good. What more do you need in a cookie. Like most reviewers I rolled and rolled mine in sugar. I'm not sure if it was the local weather today but I did need a use a bit more flour than called for (maybe sightly less than 1/2 cup total). Next time I make this I will up the ginger, I like mine to be a little spicier. Over all a wonderful cookie. Thanks!"
"Absolutely magnificent. They're very, very soft, with good form - they baked so perfectly. A nice balance of sweet and spicy - not too much of either. Thank you so much for this recipe. I rolled them into balls and then in sugar, though. It made six dozen that way."
"These cookies were great. I'd never worked w/ molasses before so don't know if they're always so difficult to work with, but look forward to trying again. I dusted the tops with sifted powdered sugar to keep them from sticking to one another when stacked AND to make them look pretty. I made mine vegan with vanilla soy milk."
"These are great cookies! We had fun cutting these into fall leaf, pumpkin and apple shapes. I served these with Nurse Di's Pumpkin Pie Dip, recipe # 25730, and also took some of the extra's to my daughter's preschool for snacktime, where they were gobbled right up, the teacher said they loved them! Made as directed, except I sprinkled a little sugar on the tops before baking. Sissy wants the recipe now, her kids loved them! Betcha there will be some gingerbread men made with this! lol! "
"These are the best Cookies! Exactly like the old fashioned ginger cookies from years ago. Nice and spicy with that bite that molasses cookies should have! Thanks for a great cookie recipe and a keeper Rinder ; )"
"It was hard to figure out how to rate these cookies... My father-in-law couldn't quit eating them & I won 3rd place in the county fair! However, personally, I thought the molasses overpowered all the spice flavour and didn't think they were sweet enough."
"When I left home at 18 years old,(in 1970) I took the Robin Hood recipe book with me. These were always a favourite, but I got something sweet stuck to the page, making it unreadable, and couldn't make them any more. So I just found the recipe again, using a search engine, on your site, made them this evening, walking down memory lane and loving those great molasses hands. The very best. Thanks, Robin Hood, thanks food.com."
"Scrumptious soft ,wonderful spicy cookies.Very easy to make. My family wants them in the cookie jars at all times. Thank you for these great cookies."