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Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies

These Old Fashioned Soft Molasses 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. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Soft Molasses Cookies
Servings: 3 dozen
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 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.