Best Ever Molasses Cookies


Best Ever Molasses Cookies have a slightly crisp sugar coated edge and a soft and chewy center.  These are the perfect holiday cookie! 

We recently had a cookie contest and asked you all to submit your favorite holiday cookie.  It was so fun going through all of the submissions but this one caught my eye.  It was a handwritten recipe from Millie Dunn from the 1970’s for Molasses Cookies.  Molasses Cookies are the perfect cookie and the holiday wouldn’t be complete without them.


I knew that this recipe was a winner and was submitted by her daughter, Megan from San Diego.  These were a perfect molasses cookie.  They had a slightly crisp edge that gets rolled in sugar and a soft and chewy inside.

Not only did I think that they were the best, my three-year-old kept sneaking them away.  She absolutely loved these cookies!  I even found one in her bed in the morning when I woke her up.  The whole family ate the entire first batch.  I had no choice but to make another batch.

These cookies are perfect as they are but I decided to make them more festive.   We dipped them in white chocolate and added Christmas sprinkles.  They turned out so amazing!

These cookies are such a classic.  They make the perfect Christmas cookie and are the perfect addition to that Christmas cookie plate!  I know that your family will love this recipe just as much as we did!

Best Ever Molasses Cookies
Prep time
5 mins

Cook time
10 mins

Total time
15 mins

Best Ever Molasses Cookies have a slightly crisp sugar coated edge and a soft and chewy center.  These are the perfect holiday cookie!
Author: Millie Dunn
Serves: 24

  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • *Optional 1 cup white chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use cooking spray.
  2. Melt the shortening in a small saucepan or in the microwave and let cool. Add the sugar, molasses, and egg and mix until incorporated.
  3. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Add this to the wet mixture and mix until it forms a dough and is incorporated.
  4. Scoop into one inch balls and roll in sugar and place 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack and dip in white chocolate if desired.

If dipping in chocolate: melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl stirring after 30 seconds until melted.


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