Molasses Cookies

Molasses cookies are a classic treat. They are healthy and delicious, make a batch for your family in just a few minutes!

Molasses Cookies: Old Fashioned Recipe Favorite|Designers Sweet Spot|

Molasses Cookies

Molasses Cookies are always a hit at our house. We enjoy making them for just about any occasion.  I must admit I love to serve them with strong black coffee for dunking. This recipe is fun for kids to help in the kitchen.  They love the feel of the dough in their hands as it is rolled. Rolling the molasses cookie balls in course organic sugar is my preference. You can use regular granulated sugar as well. The coarse unprocessed organic sugar variety seems to hold up better in the oven and makes the cookies look extra special with its glassy texture.

By the way, I am Jessica from Designers Sweet Spot. I am thrilled to share my recipes with you here on the Shabby Creek. Thanks to Gina for letting me share this post!
Molasses Cookies on a wire rack are so tempting, you won't have time to put them away before they are eaten.|Designers sweet spot|

Molasses Cookies


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk or regular milk with 2 tablespoons vinegar added
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling


  1. Cream shortening and brown sugar.
  2. Add molasses, buttermilk or regular milk mixture.
  3. Add eggs.
  4. Stir in flour, baking soda.
  5. Shape into balls, roll in granulated sugar.
  6. Cookies will flatten in the oven and have a pretty granulated sugar coating.

Molasses Cookie Tips and Tricks

The cookie recipe calls for buttermilk, but as stated you can substitute regular milk with the addition of vinegar or even lemon juice instead. Let the milk mixture sit on the counter a minute or two until it begins to curdle, then add it to the recipe as usual. There is no difference in taste between the ingredients, just use what you have on hand. I am not one to make special trips to the grocery store for just one or two items!

My favorite type of molasses is the full bodied unsulfered, dark molasses. This is the molasses in it’s purest form, rich and nutritious. Look for it in the baking isle or next to the maple syrup.


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Molasses cookies are a family favorite. Easy to make!|Designers Sweet Spot|

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  1. Karen B says

    your recipe doesn’t include the quantity of shortening or the number of cookies it makes. I am guessing 6 doz (based on about a dozen per cup of flour).

    • designerssweet says

      Thanks for catching my typos! It’s one cup butter and two cups molasses that are needed for this recipe. It makes 5-6 dozen cookies. Thanks for the comments!


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