My Grandma’s Molasses Cookies

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This recipe for my grandma’s molasses cookies makes the perfect classic, spicy cookie. As she used to say, take one cookie for each hand!


  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cloves, ginger and salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Extra sugar for rolling


  1. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone baking sheets.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, molasses and egg in large mixing bowl
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and spices in medium bowl
  4. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir until well combined
  5. Put in refrigerator until dough has hardened at least one hour.
  6. When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350.
  7. Scoop out dough (I find an ice cream scoop works well for this) and roll into 1 inch balls
  8. Roll balls in sugar and place on cookie sheet, well-spaced apart
  9. Press down slightly on cookie dough with the bottom of a glass or jar
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool for about five minutes and then continue cooling on rack.