Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Grandma's Soft Molasses Cookies

Good Morning one of the many reasons why I love living in New England is the crisp fall days.  Along with the crisp air, fall brings back childhood memories of playing in leaves, picking apples and the smell of baking bread, and freshly made cookies.  I spent a lot of time at my grandmother's house and she was a great cook.  She never used recipes, never measured anything and everything she made was delicious.  I would smell these molasses cookies through her kitchen every fall and it was one of the best smells in the world.  However like most children that start out on their own we tend to call on our mothers when we dont know how to make something, my mother was no exception to the rule at all.  My mom recently was cleaning out a junk drawer in her kitchen and she found this piece of paper that had all the ingredients to my grandmother's soft molasses cookies!  She recalled a time many years ago that she wanted to make my grandmother's molasses cookies and called her to ask her what she put it them. My grandmother didnt steer her daughter wrong and after all these years we finally found a recipe of something my grandmother made!  Keep in mind my grandmother passed in 1991, and finding this recipe was like finding a piece of my mother's childhood and mine too.  My mother shared this recipe with me and I am going to share this with you all.  When I made these the other day  for my family it was like my grandmother was in the kitchen with me, like she was so many years ago.  


1 cup of softened butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of molasses
1/2 cup of milk
1 egg
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of ginger
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
a pinch of salt
4-4 1/2 cups of flour


Before you begin you need to dissolve the baking soda in the milk.  Next sift all your dry ingredients including the spices into a large bowl and put aside.  Next in a stand mixer or just a large mixing bowl and a spoon, mix together the butter and sugar until flyffy.  Next add in the egg and mix that until well incorporated.  Add in the molasses and mix until well combined.  Now slowly add in the flour a half cup at a time and alternate the milk with the dissolved baking soda in it.  If you start with flour you need to end with flour.  Now save out that 1/2 cup of flour because depending on how dry your kitchen is you may need it to get your cookie dough at a desired consistency.  From here you can either roll out the dough and cut it with cookie cutters or you can just spoon it on cookie sheets to bake.  My grandmother always rolled her dough out but I just used spoons.  In a 350 degree oven you bake these for about 10-20 minutes.  When they come out of the oven while they are piping hot sprinkle them with some sugar on the top.  That's it my grandmother's molasses cookies.  Fall can now officially begin! 

Thank you all for stopping by, Live, laugh and love.  Heather


  1. My husband is going to LOVE these... thank you for sharing! =>

  2. could i use Sorghum molasses in these cookies..at my brother Den's funeral dinner 2 years ago,, a really sweet older man brought Sorghum Molasses cookies that his wife had made..They were sooo yummy...They looked just like your cookies, Heather..A funny note,, My sis is addicted to Sorghum..She has been since she was a little girl..We lived in the hills of Kentucky, and she would run off to Grandpas sugar cane mill..she knew she was gonna get a spanking and she would do it anyway..lol..she was 4 years old, by the way..lol..i would Love to make these for her, using Sorghum..i am so glad i found your site..Thank you, Heather..My motto is Live..Love Laugh as well..Says it all, doesn't it..=D..<3

    1. I have never used sorghum molasses so I dont know how it would work with these cookies. I am sure it would be fine. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your memories. For me cooking is all about making memories and if the recipe doesnt turn out at least you had a blast while you tried. It sure does say it all. Take care. Heather

  3. Thank you so much for joining my party with your great cookies. They look so yummy! Your recipe is now featured in the Giant cookie party: http://www.delscookingtwist.com/2014/02/02/giant-cookie-party-with-a-twist/