Grandma Gerri’s Molasses Crisps Cookie Recipe

Grandma Gerri’s Molasses Crisps Cookie Recipe

A holiday celebration just isn’t complete without some delicious seasonal cookies. And, of course Santa is expecting to be served a few when he stops by. The following cookie recipe is a favorite from my own childhood.  My maternal grandmother baked these and I have fond memories of her shipping them, in a shoebox, to me in college.  My roommate’s boyfriend (who is a Culinary Institute of America grad, btw:) loved these cookies so much, he would eat almost the entire box in one sitting.

I now bake these crispy crinkles with my own kiddos. If you love the taste of gingerbread but are looking for a more kid-friendly version, then this recipe for crisp molasses cookies should fit the bill. Rolled in a bit of sugar, these little guys are a perfect balance of sweet and spice.


2 c       all purpose flour
1 c       granulated sugar, plus additional for shaping and rolling cookies
¾ c      vegetable shortening, softened
1          large egg
¼ c      molasses
2 tsp    baking soda
1 tsp    ground cinnamon
½ tsp   ground ginger
½ tsp   ground cloves
½ tsp   salt


  1. Place rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together shortening and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in egg, flour, molasses, soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt.  Chill in the refrigerator for one hour.
  3. Put 3 tbsp of sugar into small bowl. Form level tablespoons of dough into balls, roll in sugar and arrange about 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.  Flatten balls with bottom of glass dipped in granulated sugar.
  4. Bake cookies in batches, 8 to 10 minutes per batch.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Tips: If you prefer your molasses cookies a little softer, you can substitute unsalted butter for the vegetable shortening.  Vary the ratio of butter to vegetable shortening to get the desired softness or crispness of the cookie.  Also, I substitute raw sugar for granulated sugar to roll the cookie balls in before baking.  It adds texture and it looks great.



Do you have a favorite childhood cookie recipe that you now bake with your kids? 

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