Cookies are made of butter and love. ~Norwegian Proverb

These cookies are just wonderful this time of the year and make your house smell so good while they are baking in the oven. My 4 year old grandson is a cookie monster and he can vouch for this recipe.

1 cup softened butter or margarine or two sticks or 16 tablespoons
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup molasses (I use sorghum, you can use any kind of molasses)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Cream together the butter, brown sugar and egg.
Stir in molasses. Add flour and baking soda, cinnamon and ginger. Cover the dough and chill one hour in refrigerator. Make the dough into walnut sized balls and roll in granulated sugar. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray cookie sheet. Place cookies 2 inches apart and press down with fork dipped in sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes about 40 cookies. Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Gingerbread Man Cookies.

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  1. Angela monarch says:

    what Can I use in place of ginger? All spice?

  2. These are so good!!! Will make another batch tomorrow. Family favorite with hot apple cider.

  3. Where can I order sorghum? I can’t find it here in Mich. and its my favorite.

  4. is this recipe a soft cookie?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      It is not hard but not real soft if that makes any sense. My sister is in her 80s and cannot have a lot of hard food but she eats these cookies and loves them.

  5. Nita Voorhees says:

    My grandmother, in Kentucky, used to make these all of the time. She kept a stash for when the grandchildren all came. That has been over 60 years ago.
    I had forgotten how good they were. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Vicki Boisselle says:

    Believe it or not I just made these with blackstrap molasses. My husband loves them. They are not as sweet and probably stronger tasting. We are going to try putting raisins in next time. Thanks for all your wonderful recipes. I love your sight.

  7. I will be making these wonderful molasses cookies I have only made them one time.My son-in- law loved them ,he calls me a chef, I’m not But I so do enjoy cooking and Baking …

  8. These are my husbands favorite cookies, his grandma used to make them for him all the time! Glad I found a recipe to carry on the tradition with! Thanks for sharing!

  9. This is the same recipe I received from my Mother. Adored the taste and smell when growing up. I have baked these for my children and now grandchildren…a real family favorite! May I suggest the use of Brer Rabbit molasses? It has the most intense flavor and in my experience has resulted in the best tasting molasses cookie.

    • I will check for Brer Rabbit molasses. Don’t remember seeing them around here in the grocery. I usually use sorghum molasses in these that I get from the Amish. It is really good, too.

    • That’s the brand I use, maybe it’s only available in some parts of the country. I love a molasses or ginger cookie, with crunch on the outside and chewy inside. ‘Tis the season for these, yum!

  10. Love the Molasses Cookies….Make them again today.

  11. Just in case you missed it, we wanted to share the link from Friday…

    This yummy recipe was part of our bloggy tour…thanks for sharing it! 🙂

  12. It’s like you heard my wish and made it come true, Judy! My cooking-loving, almost-96-year-old friend Chuck is originally from the South — and his latest requests have been for molasses cookies. I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe — and yours is it. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  13. Judy, I’ve been wanting to bake something good ~ and I think these cookies will do it! I’m always confident your recipes will turn out nicely 🙂 Have a great Friday & weekend!

  14. My mouth is watering! I love molasses cookies and will be making these soon. SO glad you shared – thank you!

  15. Making these this week-end!! Sounds wonderful! I love, love this site!

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