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Grandmas Molasses Sugar Cookies {Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap}

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

My Grandma’s Molasses Sugar Cookies are sweet sugar cookies flavored with molasses, ginger and cinnamon. Crunchy outside and soft, chewy inside! Grandma really does know best!

A recipe for my Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies | Crispy on the outside and chewy within! The perfect cross between a gingersnap, sugar cookie and gingerbread!

These unique spiced cookies are like a cross between Old Fashioned Gingersnaps and gingerbread. Both amazing on their own but phenomenal when combined. [There is a Captain Planet joke in there somewhere. Just sayin’…]

Like all scrumptious old-fashioned cookies, these are rolled in a generous amount of sugar prior to baking, which makes them extra sweet and crunchy on the outside!

A recipe for my Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies | Crispy on the outside and chewy within! The perfect cross between a gingersnap, sugar cookie and gingerbread!

I originally made my these Molasses Sugar Cookies to mail out for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, but when texted my Dad a picture of my cookies fresh out of the oven, he responded that these cookies were his & his dad’s favorite cookie! <Lots of exclamation points went along with the delivery of this message.>

So you know I had to bake another batch and send him some cookies too! Fortunately they are incredibly easy to make and the dough comes together in less than 15 minutes!

A recipe for my Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies | Crispy on the outside and chewy within! The perfect cross between a gingersnap, sugar cookie and gingerbread!

Both my dad and his sister, who gave me the recipe, insisted that these cookies are great with milk and perfect for dunking…

A recipe for my Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies | Crispy on the outside and chewy within! The perfect cross between a gingersnap, sugar cookie and gingerbread!

They were right! Yum.

These cookies ship well but they do not retain their signature crunch on the outside – they are best stored in a not-quite-air-tight container to maintain that perfect, dunkable crunch!

A recipe for my Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies | Crispy on the outside and chewy within! The perfect cross between a gingersnap, sugar cookie and gingerbread!

As a participant in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, which benefits Cookies For Kid’s Cancer, I made and shipped out these molasses cookies to three food bloggers across the U.S. and then I was delighted by three packages of cookies in return!

There is nothing better than getting homemade cookies in the mail. Period. End of story.

A recipe for my Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies | Crispy on the outside and chewy within! The perfect cross between a gingersnap, sugar cookie and gingerbread!

Maybe not the end…end.

The Frugal Foodie Mama sent me the most delectable White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread Cookies! They were really just too adorable for words! It took all my self-restraint not to post multiple pictures of them on Instagram.

Grandma Loy from Grandma Loy’s Kitchen sent me rich, chewy Butterscotch Chocolate Oatmeal Bars in a homemade reusable snack bag! I tried not to devour them instantly. Don’t tell my husband but there are still some in the freezer!

And The Foodette sent me Pumpkin Sugar Cookies in a precious tin! They had a mild but lovely spice flavor!

A recipe for my Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies | Crispy on the outside and chewy within! The perfect cross between a gingersnap, sugar cookie and gingerbread!

My Grandma’s Molasses Sugar Cookies are surprisingly easy and are positively addicting! They have that perfect balance of crunch and chew and sugar and spice.

The only change that I made to the recipe was substituting half the shortening for butter for flavor and texture. Butter lover. Guilty as Charged.

A recipe for my Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies | Crispy on the outside and chewy within! The perfect cross between a gingersnap, sugar cookie and gingerbread!

These Molasses Sugar Cookies are for the seventh day of my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. You won’t want to miss the Old Fashioned GingersnapsPeanut Butter BlossomsOld Fashioned Oat Lace CookiesRaspberry Linzer CookiesHoliday Bark or Cherry Pecan Cookies!

Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen

Grandma's Molasses Sugar Cookies

My Grandma’s Molasses Sugar Cookies are sweet sugar cookies flavored with molasses, ginger and cinnamon. Crunchy outside and soft, chewy inside! Grandma really does know best!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, slightly rounded
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Additional sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Melt shortening and butter together in a pan on low heat.
  2. While the butter and shortening melt, sift together flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; whisk to evenly distribute spices and soda. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl add sugar, molasses and butter/shorting mixture; beat well with a hand mixer. Add eggs and beat well.
  4. In two additions add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and stir on low speed. Chill until firm, at least 2 hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment.
  6. Roll into balls approximately 1 ½ inches across, roll in sugar and place 2 inches apart on your prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in preheated oven 8-10 minutes. For mostly soft, chewy cookies bake until the edges are brown and cracked but the centers are not.* For crispy outsides and soft centers bake between 10-12 minutes until the centers have started to crack.

Notes:

*The cookies in the photos were cooked until the edges were brown and they started to crack but the centers were not yet cracked.

https://www.cheflindseyfarr.com/2014/12/grandmas-molasses-sugar-cookies/

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Cherry Pecan Cookies

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 Traditional Linzer Cookies 

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 Peanut Butter Blossoms

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26 Comments

  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    December 15, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Those crisp edges and soft, chewy insides are calling my name! These look so perfect, especially with the sugar sparkle. Pinned!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 15, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks, Kristine! I must admit I liked the sparkle too! It made otherwise brown cookies seem festive!

      Reply
  • Annie+@+ciaochowbambina
    December 15, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Yet, another winner! And of course, anything that begins with Grandma has to be good!!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      December 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Haha! Thanks Annie! I 100% agree with you – I will try any “Grandma” recipe.

      Reply
  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    December 15, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Wow Lindsey! I love the looks of these cookies. I can almost taste them from here. I know I would absolutely love to get these as part of this great cause! #fbcookieswap

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      If only I had gotten you, Kristi! I would have packed extra just for you {hugs!}

      Reply
  • Manali @ CookWithManali
    December 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

    These look perfect Lindsey! I can almost taste them through the screen. Pinned!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      December 15, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks for the pin and the compliments, Manali!!! You’re the sweetest!

      Reply
  • marcie
    December 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    These look perfectly thick, soft, and chewy, and full of molasses flavor! Just.the.way.I.like it. 🙂

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      We share that passion for chewy and molasses! I try to explain to my husband and he just doesn’t get it!

      Reply
  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext.com
    December 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    These cookies look perfect! LOVE the rich, delicious molasses flavour, so amazingly good! Definitely gotta try these very soon!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      December 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks, Jess!! I hope you do try them!

      Reply
  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    December 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    These cookies look perfect, Lindsey! I would have loved to receive these in the mail! Soft and chewy with crispy edges are the best! You recipients must have polished these off in no time!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      December 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      I wish I had gotten you!

      Reply
  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    December 15, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    1-yessssss Captain Planet!
    2-so sweet that this is a family recipe!
    3-Omigosh-I love the crisp and sugary outside and the tender gooey insides! Molasses are soo so so good

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 16, 2014 at 12:26 am

      Haha! Thank gawd somebody appreciated my Captain Planet reference!

      Reply
  • Connie @ Sprig and Flours
    December 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I can’t seem to stop looking at these beautiful cookies. They look so perfect and delicious! I love that this is your grandma’s recipe. Grandmas do know best (:

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      December 16, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Aww thanks, Connie! Grandmas do know best!

      Reply
  • David @ Spiced
    December 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

    So I’m going to go ahead and say that your Pops and I would be best friends. A cross between ginger snaps and gingerbread? And in easy-to-eat cookie form? Sounds like my heaven! Clearly I need to do some more stalking of the mail lady today. She’s a super sketchball! Hey…it worked yesterday. She totally had the gingersnaps hiding under her seat. I made her give them to me, and I’m eating them right now with my coffee. 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      December 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Lol! You show that mail lady who’s boss! You might just have to spend 15 minutes and bake these instead! 😉

      Reply
  • Mary
    January 20, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    These were delicious. I was so thrilled when these showed up in my mailbox from the swap, and now that I’ve found your recipe I can’t wait to try them out. YUM!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      January 21, 2015 at 10:45 am

      Thanks, Mary!!! I hope you do make them! I am so tempted to make them again!

      Reply
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  • Susan
    December 18, 2019 at 6:16 am

    So happy I found your recipe. My mom passed away this fall and she made these cookies every Christmas…with the sugar coating. Family favourite …I hope to continue this Hungarian tradition. Delicious !

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    • Lindsey
      February 10, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      I am so glad, Susan!

      Reply

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