Molasses Sugar Cookies

I’ve had this recipe for Molasses Sugar Cookies for over 25 years but can’t remember the name of the co-worker who gave it to me! It’s perfect when you’re in the mood for a gingersnap flavor cookie that is crispy on the outside and chewy inside.

My tips for Molasses Sugar Cookies

I use a 4-cup Pyrex glass measuring cup to melt the shortening in the microwave. The handle makes it easy to hold. Heat in 30-second intervals just until the shortening is melted. I always line baking sheets with parchment paper. It keeps things from sticking and it’s easy to slide off of the baking sheet to cool. I use a portion scoop to get even-sized cookies. This dough tends to spread out quite a bit when baking, so a #70 scoop makes about a 2-inch cookie.

Ginger-lemon cremes

Make a stiff vanilla filling, add some lemon juice and lemon zest, and sandwich it between two of the cookies for a nice ginger-lemon creme cookie. These are even better than the ones at the grocery store! Here’s a quick recipe for a stiff cookie filling (otherwise it squishes out when you take a bite):

From King Arthur Flour: Beat together 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, a pinch of salt, 1 tsp. of finely grated lemon zest, and 1 tsp. lemon juice. It will seem dry at first but will eventually begin to clump together. Add water a little at a time (up to 2 teaspoons total), beating until smooth and spreadable. The filling should be stiff but not so stiff that you can’t flatten it between the cookies. (I use a #70 scoop to form a ball of filling. Wrap the bottom of a glass with plastic wrap and press the filling balls flat. Sandwich a disk of filling between two cookies.

Some of our other favorite cookies

Here are links to some other favorite cookies:  Black Gold Cookies, Red Chile Thumbprint Cookies, and Lemon-Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies. I’m also about to start experimenting with Cookie Butter Cookies made with Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter.

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Molasses Sugar Cookies
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recipe given to me by someone whose name I can't remember, but to whom I am eternally grateful
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
espresso cookies
Molasses Sugar Cookies
Print Recipe
recipe given to me by someone whose name I can't remember, but to whom I am eternally grateful
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 dozen 15 minutes
Cook Time
14 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
  1. Heat shortening in the microwave just until melted. In a mixing bowl, blend shortening, sugar, molasses and eggs; beat well.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Add slowly to the shortening mixture and blend well.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls or use a #40 portion scoop. Drop the balls into the additional sugar in a bowl. Toss gently until completely coated.
  4. Set dough balls 2" apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, Bake at 375 F for 8-10 minutes or until dark golden brown. Cool completely.
  5. Dough balls may be kept in the freezer and baked whenever you want fresh, warm cookies. Put the dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Wrap the flat bottom of a drinking glass with plastic wrap and flatten the dough balls to about 1/4-3/8" thick. Store in an airtight container in the freezer. Frozen cookies may take a few minutes longer to bake.
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