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Soft Molasses Cookies

Bring on fall: cooler temperatures, falling leaves, warm spices, and sweet treats! These molasses cookies are the perfect picnic dessert or after-school snack.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 dozen cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening not margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • additional sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter and shortening until creamy. Add sugar, slowly. and cream ingredients together until light-colored and fluffy. Blend in molasses and eggs.
  • In another bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon with a whisk until spices are thoroughly distributed. Gradually mix flour mixture (a cup or so at a time) into creamed ingredients until dough is blended and smooth.
  • Form dough into 1-1/2 inch balls, roll in sugar, and place 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until top of cookie has cracked as seen in the picture. Do not overbake. Remove from oven and allow to cool 2-3 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a baking rack.
  • Allow to cool completely.