12 Days of Christmas Recipe Contest Winner: Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies are the BEST holiday cookie. I love the sugary glaze, and the spice of flavor. If you are looking for a simple and delicious cookie, you have to try these ones.

Molasses cookies are my all time favorite cookies. They are full of holiday, and take minutes to make.

I have loved these cookies since childhood. They are a holiday staple in our house, and when we tried this recipe, it was a keeper. You need these in your life.

the story behind the cookies

In honor of the release of our holiday cookbook, 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ Stuff, we hosted a recipe contest to find YOUR favorite holiday recipes.

After a lot of baking, cooking and sampling we have chosen 12 of our reader’s favorite recipes. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Today we are featuring this Molasses Cookies recipe fromLeAnn Kelly of Virginia. These cookies are a family favorite at her house, and her son requests them every year without fail.

could i use butter instead of shortening?

These cookies are so soft and chewy, and that is mostly because of the shortening. The shortening adds a little different texture to it.

If you do make this recipe using butter, I recommend using butter at room temperature.

If the butter is melted, the cookie dough will be too soft, which will lead to sticky dough. You will then have to add more flour, and your cookies will taste bland.

We recommend using shortening for the texture and it’s chemical properties, when combined with other ingredients and baked. It will create soft and chewy cookies, that your guests will rave about.


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Christmas Santa Cookies
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Molasses Cookies

Serves: 48

Molasses Cookies

These classic Molasses Cookies are the perfect holiday treat!

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups butter flavor shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl beat shortening for 30 seconds. Add the 2 cups granulated sugar; beat until combined.
  3. Beat in eggs and molasses until combined.
  4. Beat in half of flour mixture. Stir in remaining flour mixture.
  5. Shape dough into about 1 1/2 to 2 inch balls and roll in 2 Tablespoons sugar.
  6. Place balls 2 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are light brown and puffed. (Do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy.)
  8. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.


To Store: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.


seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



6786 cal


294 g


961 g


66 g
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