Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies (2)These cookies are almost like a bread and so good right from the oven with a little butter on top and a big cup of coffee.  Children love them with milk.  I usually make a few big ones for the grandkids but you can make any size you like.

1 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
1/4 cup white sugar (You can use splenda or a sweetener in this recipe, too)
1 cup molasses (I used sorghum molasses but you can use any molasses)
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1  teaspoons ginger (Could add other spices such as cinnamon and cloves as well)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour (I used all 4 cups)
Cream shortening, sugar, molasses and buttermilk with a mixer.  Add baking soda, salt, ginger and vanilla and continue mixing.  Add flour a cup at a time until mixture is thick enough that you can pinch off pieces and roll into balls about the size of a walnut.  (Note:  I mix in 2 cups and mix with mixer, then start adding more flour and mix with a spoon until the right consistency to handle). Place walnut sized balls onto a greased cookie sheet and flatten. (I just use my hand to flatten).  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.  Makes about 3 dozen depending on size you make them. Enjoy!
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  1. Can I use butter instead of Crisco?

  2. Cynthia Thayer says:

    Made today & are delicious. Actually easy to make. Sure go fast as they are almost half gone…” Thank You :))

  3. if you don’t have buttermilk just put a tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of whole milk and whala…..you get the same results.

  4. You don;t use eggs in this recipe?

  5. if you do not have buttermilk is there an alternative?

  6. Gonna have to give it a try!

  7. I think I might enjoy a break during the day with one of your cookies and a cup of tea.

  8. Think I will try a batch and add some chopped bacon in it.

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