Monica's favorite gear for
making Molasses Cookies
This natural sweetener is loaded with nutrients and minerals. It adds a fantastic flavor to these cookies.
I use this healthy, whole grain flour in place of all or part of white flour in many recipes like these cookies. It contains all of the wheat berry's healthy and natural elements - the germ, endosperm and bran - yet it has a lighter texture than regular whole wheat flour.
A handy tool for cookies, meatballs, and scooping tidy, uniform portions into muffin tins, ramekins, and more.
This is my go-to mixing bowl. Love the handle and lid for fridge storage while the cookie dough chills.
I use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients in this recipe.
I have two sets of these versatile, durable pans; they get used frequently. The large one is a roomy cookie sheet. The lids are great for stacking and storing.
This grid pattern cooling rack is awesome and the #1 recommendation of Cooks Illustrated. It also fits perfectly inside the half baking sheet (above) to create a baking rack.
These pre-cut sheets are so convenient! They fit perfectly inside the half sheet baking pans and result in perfect cookies that remove easily.

Grandma's Molasses Cookies

Soft & chewy, loved by generations

King-Man and I recently returned from Wisconsin where we visited my 90-year-old father-in-law, Al, and many of King-man's 9 siblings and their families. It was a fun, sentimental time. Whenever we're at Grandpa's house, we're all missing Grandma Marie--my mother-in-law who passed away in 2001. We all have many happy memories of her. She was an amazing cook, and I especially loved her homemade cinnamon rolls and bread. Molasses cookies were a favorite for her grandkids; they could always count on finding some in Grandma's cookie jar. Those cookies were the best.

One day during our visit, Marie's granddaughter, Melissa, showed up with a batch of molasses cookies that tasted just like Grandma's. I was so excited! They tasted like they'd come out of Marie's kitchen. Turns out that Melissa and her twin sister Michelle had been on a mission to figure out how to make molasses cookies just like the ones they'd always found waiting in the cookie jar in Grandma Marie's kitchen.

Michelle and Melissa grew up on the family dairy farm, and it was a short walk to Grandma and Grandpa's house. So, they had lots of opportunities to eat Grandma's cookies. They knew exactly the taste and texture of Marie's recipe. When I bit into one of Melissa's cookies, it took me back to her grandma's kitchen. That's one of the things I love about food, cooking, and shared recipes--there are so many memories and traditions attached to them. One bite, and I was transformed back in time.

Here's a photo of Grandma Marie holding Michelle and Melissa shortly after their birth in 1983, along with a photo of them approx. 1 year later. What cuties! We were all so excited to have twins in the family. They'll be turning 29 soon. My how those years have flown by.

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Here's a photo of Al and Marie on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1996 with all of their 18 grandchildren. Every one of them looked forward to molasses cookies from Grandma's cookie jar. You can spot the twins in the back row. The baby in Marie's lap is now a sophomore in high school. Everyone else is in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. All grown up, but still nostalgic about Grandma's molasses cookies. That includes my boys, T-Man (front row, far left) and Brackenthebox (back row, far left). I'll be making a batch of these molasses cookies for them the next time they're home.


So, today I'm sharing Melissa and Michelle's recreation of Grandma's Molasses Cookies. They're ever-so-slightly crispy on the outside and softy and chewy on the inside. An old fashioned, tried-and-true perfect cookie recipe. 

Nutritional Information (per cookie with 30 cookies per batch): 107calories, 4.9g fat, 160mg sodium, 15.2g carbs, .6g fiber, 8.2g sugars, 1.1g protein; Weight Watcher PointsPlus: 3

Step-by-step photos for making
Grandma's Molasses Cookies

Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: molasses, butter, egg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, baking soda, salt, flour (I used half white, half whole wheat pastry flour--but the original recipe calls for all white flour. The taste is the same either way.)

view on Amazon:  blackstrap molasses, whole wheat pastry flour


Step 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.

view on Amazon:  wire whisk, 8-cup mix & measure bowl


Step 3. In a medium bowl, zap the butter in the microwave just until it's melted.

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Step 4. Add the sugar and egg, and beat until smooth. I used an electric mixer but you can also mix it thoroughly by hand with a spoon or whisk.

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Step 5. Add the molasses and stir it in until combined.

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Step 6. Gradually add the flour (approx. 1/2 cup at a time) and mix it in until well combined.

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Step 7. Cover the cookie dough and let it chill in the fridge for an hour. This step is important--don't skip it!

Step 8. Roll the chilled dough into walnut-size balls. I used a scoop to make it quick and easy to get equal portions. My scoop was a little bigger than walnut-size, and they still turned out great. Dough balls anywhere between 1" and 1-1/2" in diameter will work, depending on how big you want your cookies to be. 

Step 9. Roll each dough ball in sugar and place them 2" apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

view on Amazon:  cookie scoop, parchment paper sheets

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Step 10. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees, just until cracked but still a bit gooey inside the center cracks. Don't over cook them!

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Done! Cool them on a wire rack. 

view on Amazon:  grid wire cooling rack (rated #1 by Cooks Illustrated)

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Time to sample one of these beauties. I like mine with a cup of hot tea.

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Thanks to Melissa and Michelle for perfectly replicating the flavor and texture of Grandma's recipe. I love the soft, chewy center, and so do generations of kids and grandkids past, present, and future. A tradition lives on!

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How about you? Do you have any favorite cookie recipes that have been passed along through generations?

Make it a yummy day!


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Grandma's Molasses Cookies
By Monica              Servings: 22-30 cookies
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (may use half whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
In small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, & ginger; set aside. In medium bowl, with electric mixer* on low speed, blend together the melted butter, 1 cup sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in molasses. With mixer on low speed*, gradually add flour mixture to molasses mixture; mix until completely combined. Cover and chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into walnut sized balls (use cookie scoop, if available); roll each ball in remaining sugar. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes just until tops are cracked all over, but cookies are still a bit gooey inside the center cracks. Cool on wire racks.

*In place of electric mixer, dough can be mixed thoroughly by hand with a spoon.

Nutritional Information (per cookie with 30 cookies per batch): 107calories, 4.9g fat, 160mg sodium, 15.2g carbs, .6g fiber, 8.2g sugars, 1.1g protein; Weight Watcher PointsPlus: 3

Original recipe by Melissa and Michelle King; adapted from All Recipes and memories of Grandma Marie's cookies.
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This post was updated 9/30/13.

Posted on Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Tags: Desserts

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