Grandma's Molasses Cookies
Do not use any other type of molasses for this recipe except unsulfured, preferably Grandma’s brand. The molasses can give a bitter flavor to the cookies if it isn’t the right kind.
Makes: 72Hands-on: 40 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 3⁄4 tsp. ground ginger
- 1⁄2 tsp. ground allspice
- 1⁄2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1⁄4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1⁄2 tsp. salt
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 cup unsulfured molasses
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, cayenne pepper, and salt together. Set aside.
- Beat together shortening, butter, and brown sugar until creamy. This will take about 3 minutes with a stand mixer or 6 minutes with a handheld. Add egg and molasses; beat well.
- Stir in flour mixture carefully. Roll into 1-inch balls.
- Dip one end of each ball in sugar; place on ungreased baking sheets, sugar side up.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Tops will crackle as they cool if they are not overbaked.