Grandma’s Molasses Cookies

by Megan on November 20, 2011

These cookies are bringing wrinkles back.

Good thing, because I rarely iron. Even when I’m wrinkly. I just decide to believe it when Jake tells me that my outfit looks like “it’s supposed to be like that.” But “like that” means wrinkled.

Ever since I made those large marge cookies, I’ve just been thinking that bigger cookies are better. I mean, if the cookie’s bigger than there’s more chewy center to love, right? Cookie middles are my favorite.

When I told my mom I made her molasses cookies she told me it was actually her mom’s recipe! So my mom ate these as a kid and so did I. That’s a fun thought. And my grandma knows whats up. These are perfectly chewy and spiced like fall. Jake loves them too. These taste like high-fiving fall-time.

Grandma’s Molasses Cookies {makes 14 large cookies}
Recipe adapted from my grandma*

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 t molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t cloves
  • 1/4 t ginger
  • pinch of salt
* I used butter instead of crisco and I put a hefty pinch of salt.

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line two cookies sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the butter with 1 cup of sugar. Beat for 1 minute. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until combined.
  3. Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon scoop mounds of dough and form into a ball about the size of a golf ball. Roll through sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets leaving a couple inches of space between each.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

My mom makes her o’s into hearts. Jeez, I just love her!

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Nikki November 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

Oh, man. Molasses cookies are my favorite. The chewiness. So delightful. These might be on my to-make list this week.

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Megan (megabite) November 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

Yeah man! You totally should. We just ran out yesterday and I totally miss them already.

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charlotte au chocolat November 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

These look absolutely delicious!

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Megan (megabite) November 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Thanks Charlotte! <3

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mum November 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I just got this recipe out and leaned it against the cookie jar…anticipating making them tomorrow!! I did wonder if you used all butter..I may do that too <3 .
AND I love you!!

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Megan (megabite) November 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Cool Mum! And I say go for the all butter for realz!

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kangli November 20, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Love the chew in cookies too! These look really good!

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cindy November 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

I love molasses spice cookies! In high school I had a friend that would make them for me, that was during my pre-baking days…the lesson is, cookies make friends. I love that this recipe is an heirloom!

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Megan (megabite) November 21, 2011 at 10:01 am

Kangli – ooh me too! Thanks!

Cindy – Yeah man. Molasses is where it’s at. And you’re so right! Cookie sharing is totally the way to make friends.

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quindome November 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I like that you said they were bringing wrinkles back 🙂 So yummy!

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NicoleD November 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

These look so good, Megan! I’ve never made chewy molasses cookies, but I have always wanted to. I like Grandma and Mom approved recipes 🙂

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Megan (megabite) November 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

quindome : 🙂

Nicole: Thanks man! I bet you’d love these guys.

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Dana November 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

These cookies look lovely! I’ve always been a friend of crinkly wrinkly cookies.

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Julia November 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

How rad that both you AND your mom ate these as kids. My grandma passed down NOTHIN, except her love for licorice and M&M’s, I can confidently say I inherited that from her! There’s a bakery near us that makes cookies that look like this, and for years I’ve wanted to try and recreate them!!!! Can’t wait to try your grandma’s recipe!

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kate December 3, 2011 at 11:04 pm

these are delicious even if you accidentally leave out the banking soda! LOL i am going to make them again so i get the big crackly ones but um didnt want anyone to panic if they forgot or didnt get spread/cracks 😉

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Jenn December 6, 2016 at 6:29 am

I just have to say this has become one of my most beloved cookie recipes. It’s perfection. I give them away all the time, even in spring and summer, because they’re just so good. Everyone always loves them. I came by the site just now to pass the recipe on to a coworker, and I wanted to tell you that I’ve been making these things for 5 years now and have no intentions of stopping. 🙂

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