John's Roll-Out Molasses Cookies

Recipe by Debbie R.
READY IN: 1hr 58mins
YIELD: 1 batch




  • Mix together shortening, molasses and brown sugar. Stir in 1/4 cup cold water.
  • Mix together the flour, salt and spices. Add to molasses mixture.
  • Dissolve soda in 1.5 teaspoons cold water. Stir it into the above mixture.
  • Gather up dough into a ball; on waxed paper, pat into a disk. Wrap up. Chill for at least an hour.
  • Roll out between 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch thick. I thought 1/2-inch was a bit too thick, but it's up to you. Cut into shapes, specifically gingerbread men or bears. Gather up scraps, pat into a ball, reroll and cut into shapes, etc., until you have used most of your dough.
  • On lightly greased or sprayed cookie sheets, bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • These swell a little during cooking, so be sure to leave some space between them on the cookie sheets. Also, they taste better the day after baking when the spices have had a chance to meld with each other.