Easy and Soft Molasses cookies

These cookies came from my grandmother’s recipe box.  She used to make these for us when we were kids.   I remember going to her house and there was always a fresh batch of cookies waiting for us.  You weren’t allowed to even touch the cookies or so much as think about eating one until every crumb of food was eaten off your plate from your dinner.

I loved my grandma, she was precious.  I loved going to her house, she was beyond hospitable.   She was a zealous homemaker, wife, mom and grandma.  If we were planning a trip to her house, the whole day would be filled with activities, treats, and games.  I loved going there, I loved her little country house, and her cooking.  Her house was beyond organized, everything had a label, there were never dishes in the sink, her lawn was meticulously mowed and landscaped, and her floors were so clean you could eat off them.  Anyway, after she passed away, I was honored to be given her favorite recipe box.  Filled with her secret recipes from the generations.  Some were so old, and the ink was so faded I could barely make out the words.  This is one of those recipes.  The best molasses cookie recipe, passed down through the generations, and super delicious!

Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup sugar (plus extra for rolling)

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup raisins (optional)

Mix first 4 ingredients, then mix dry ingredients and add to wet ingredients.  Roll into 1 inch balls, roll balls in sugar, bake on non stick baking sheet at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  They are done once they start to crack (don’t overbake or they will get crunchy)

molasses cookies


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