Old-Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies Recipe
Do you ever pine for old-fashioned cookies from your childhood?
I surely do.
But keep in mind, there are many different types of molasses cookies - some you roll out and cut with cookie cutters, some you shape into balls and roll in sugar before baking and others are quick and easy drop cookies.
Some recipes call for shortening which I try to avoid as much as I can, preferring to bake with butter and/or oil instead.
Every now and again, I get a hankering for the homemade old-fashioned soft molasses cookies my mom use to make.
Her soft molasses cookies recipe, clipped from her hometown Maine newspaper, The Quoddy Tides, made soft, thick, chewy cookies that she rolled and cut with a simple round biscuit cutter and sprinkled with sugar before baking.
If I close my eyes I can smell the aroma of molasses, sugar, and spices wafting through the kitchen.
This desire can't be satiated until I get in the kitchen, pull out her soft molasses cookies recipe card from my treasured recipe box, and bake up a batch!
Molasses, a thick by-product from the processing of sugar beets - or sugar cane - into sugar crystals, was a staple in my Mom's and Nana's New England Kitchens.
Molasses was routinely stirred into Saturday's pot of baked beans, poured onto Nana's homemade bread and fried dough, and used to sweeten homemade baked goods like gingerbread, gingersnaps, oatmeal bread, and soft molasses cookies.
If you long to recreate the simplicity of days gone by or begin your own special homemade cookie traditions, this soft thick molasses cookies recipe cut out with your favorite cookie cutter is perfect for keeping the cookie jar filled!
To start with, we have two variations of soft molasses cookies here for you to choose from - one made with butter and the other with shortening or margarine.
Grandpa's Molasses Cookies recipe is more representative of the cookies I grew up eating, but if you prefer to bake with butter, Grandma's molasses cookies recipe is just as delicious in its own right.
Then we have a few more easy molasses cookies recipes for you to choose from.
Chewy Molasses Cookie Recipe
This is a quick and easy recipe for drop cookies using oil instead of butter, so it's lower in saturated fats, and stirs together all the ingredients in a single bowl - so there's less clean-up!
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- Position an oven rack in the center and preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Line at least two cookie sheets with parchment paper or lightly spray them with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and molasses.
- Add the egg and mix well.
- Add the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice and mix well.
- Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls at least 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
- Press slightly with palm of your hand to flatten.
- Bake until firm, about 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and transfer cookies to wire racks and cool completely.
This recipe yields about 2 dozen chewy molasses cookies, but will vary greatly depending on the size and shape of cookie cutters used.
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