Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    8 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 30 m
B M Schumaker
Recipe by  B M Schumaker

“A real old fashioned molasses cookie for you to sink your teeth into. These cookies are cut out into circles and each one has a decorative raisin in the middle. To make sour milk, just add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand for 5 minutes.”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 4 dozen



  1. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until smooth. Stir in the molasses and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; stir into the mixture alternately with the sour milk. Cover the dough and chill for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).Grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll out about 1/3 of the dough to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into circles about 3 inches in diameter using a cookie cutter or drinking glass. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookies sheets. Place a raisin onto the center of each cookie.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Delicious, soft,not-too-sweet cookies. I have been searching for a recipe that replicates my grandmother's molasses cookies, and this is almost it. (Unfortunately Grandma never wrote anything down, and now she's gone!) I rolled the dough (which was a little too sticky, I had to add lots of flour when I rolled it out) thicker, to a 1/2 inch or so, so the cookies are more cake-like. Obviously had to cook longer. I may try the others on this website to see if their recipes are an even closer match to Grandma's, but these were very good.



I followed the recipe exactly and the biscuits were VERY dissapointing. THey were insipid and din't taste of anything. I tried them golden brown [and they were slightly raw] and thoroughly cooked [& they were very crispy, brown and a bit more tasty] but neither had a molasses taste. I don't recommend these!



These were excellent! My husband has already asked me to make them again, except this time he wants a double batch! I highly recommend this recipe.

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Amount Per Serving (48 total)

  • Calories
  • 129 cal
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 4.5 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs
  • 20.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 134 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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