Recipe For Gram’s Molasses Cookies


When I was a little girl, my Aunt Marion always had Archway molasses cookies ready to serve when we visited. She and my Uncle Alton (my grandfather’s twin brother) never had any children. They were antique dealers. Can you imagine their home? It was like walking into a museum. They had really old, really good quality furnishings. Marion fluttered around like a little bird. As a child, I didn’t realize how nervous I must have made her. She was probably hoping that nothing broke while I was visiting! It’s a good thing that I was a quiet little girl.

My great grandmother told stories about the molasses cookies her mother made. The cookies were baked and then stored in a crock with a lid. Gram said they were really good after a few days. I can only imagine that the flavor intensified and the cookies got more moist with time. No one in my house leaves these cookies alone long enough to find out.

I have so many wonderful memories wrapped up in these cookies that I made it a point to get all of my kids to like them when they were really little. I wanted them to love spicy cookies and the particular flavor of molasses; to think of home and comfort every time they took a bite.

1. Info for Gram’s Molasses Cookies

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2. Ingredients for Gram’s Molasses Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups molasses
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 egg
  • 7 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp ginger

3. Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, molasses, shortening, hot water and egg in a mixer.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and add to mixer.
  3. Chill dough 3 hours.
  4. Roll out to ½ inch thick and cut out into some kind of shape (we like flowers and stars).
  5. Sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake 375 degrees 8-10 minutes.
  7. This recipe makes a lot, so you may want to freeze half.

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