Things we all need in our lives: water, air, love, and molasses cookies. Okay, I’m kind of kidding about the last part but I do have some anecdotal evidence for you about how yummy this easy Molasses Cookie recipe is! They’re so simple to make and such a crowd-pleaser, you’re going to wonder what you did without them.
Easy Molasses Cookie Recipe
I’ve been eating these cookies since I was a kid, but when I asked my mom for the recipe to make themself, they kept turning out…not quite right. So I had to make them several time to figure out what my problem was, which meant I had lots of cookies around the house! I ended up sharing them with neighbors (not to mention my own family), and even the “bad” batches disappeared in minutes.
Once I dialed in the recipe (the main problem was that I was being lazy and not mixing long enough), I spread the love and shared with more people. Same result…everyone loved them!
If you’re looking for other dessert ideas that everyone will love, these Can’t Leave ‘Em Alone Bars are BOMB. Another good one is this Buttercotch Oatmeal Cookie recipe. We also love this Mini Rose Water Cake!
What’s in molasses cookies?
The ingredients that make these chewy cookies so impossible to resist are molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves! These are some strong ingredients, but when you add some sugar it all comes together just right.
What does molasses taste like?
If you’ve never had molasses before, it’s a super thick, sweet, dark syrup. It comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, and might also be called black treacle if you’re British (I’ve been reading about treacle for years in books and just now learned what it was! Also, it’s pronounced tree-kyl, if you’re wondering).
I would describe it as having a strong, warm, taste. If you’ve ever had gingerbread, you’ve had molasses – but it’s the star in this recipe!
When I was a kid we fed horses something called Alfalfa Molasses (basically, alfalfa hay soaked in molasses) and so the smell always reminds me of horses!
Is it easy to make molasses cookies?
The original recipe I was working with for these cookies had a few more steps than the recipe you see here. The dough needed to be chilled, and there was sugar dusting and flour sifting involved. This recipe is even simpler than that…and I promise it tastes just as great. The answer is yes, it’s very easy to make these molasses cookies.
You can double (or triple!) this recipe.
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp ginger
- 2 tsps cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Turn oven on to 375°F.
- Lay a sheet of parchment or a silicone baking mat on your cookie tray.
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. I used a hand mixer. Mix until ingredients are completely blended. The dough should be a dark brown color all the way through.
- Form into small balls. Place on your cookie sheet about 2" apart. Very lightly flatten the balls (just a tiny bit).
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Take them out on the early side for chewier cookies. Leave them in for the longer side for crunchier cookies. I always take them out just a little bit before they look done and let them cool for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.