These Molasses Sugar Cookies are absolutely delicious. They combine the delicious flavor of molasses with a kick of cloves. What more can you ask for?
I've posted the recipes for my Soft Molasses Cookies as well as my Fat Archie's Cookies previously but was dying to make this recipe. I figured it was an "older" recipe as it calls for vegetable shortening as opposed to butter.
I do plan on experimenting one of these days and substitute the shortening for butter as I think most of you probably always have butter readily available.
It's important to leave enough room between the cookie balls on the baking sheet as they will collapse and spread out during the baking process. Baking time in my oven was a solid 10 minutes but I would suggest checking them at the 9-minute mark.
The cookies will be very soft when you take them out of the oven giving you the impression that they are underbaked. Don't worry, they will stiffen up as they cool down.
The bottom line is if you love the taste of molasses and cloves, you will absolutely love these Molasses Sugar Cookies. Trust me!
💭 Ingredient Substitution
I often get asked what a good substitute for molasses would be. Not sure if it's because they don't have any on hand or simply don't like the flavor.
You have a few options as far as substitutes go: dark corn syrup, maple syrup, honey or even some dark brown sugar with a little water added to it.
Remember that substituting for one of these ingredients will alter the overall flavor of this recipe.
📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Molasses Sugar Cookies recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Vegetable Shortening, Light Brown Sugar, Molasses, Eggs, All Purpose Flour, Baking Soda, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Ground Ginger and Salt.
🥣 How to Make Molasses Sugar Cookies
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a mixing bowl, combine melted shortening, sugar, molasses and egg. Beat well.
Sift and add dry ingredients. Mix well. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Form dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and place on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet leaving a couple of inches between each.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Move to wire rack.
Molasses Sugar Cookies
- Bowl for Mixing
- Baking Sheet
- Wire Rack
- ¾ cup Vegetable Shortening, Melted
- 1 cup Light Brown Sugar
- ¼ cup Molasses
- 1 Egg
- 2 cup All Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves
- ½ teaspoon Ground Ginger
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine melted shortening, sugar, molasses and egg. Beat well.
- Sift and add dry ingredients. Mix well. Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Form dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar and place on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet leaving a couple of inches between each.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Move to wire rack.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.