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Mama Knows Best: Molasses Cookies


December 20, 2010


Worlds Best Molasses Cookies

World’s Best Molasses Cookies

I like to think of myself as moderately successful adult. I own a house, I have a career I’m proud of, I contribute to my 401k, and I even floss most nights. No matter what though, regardless of how grown up we think we are, there are times when you just want your Mama to swoop in and save the day. This past week was one of those times for me. Lucky enough, she had scheduled a trip out from Boston already, so I was in luck.

It was a wonderful visit, complete with staying up late giggling, charging around the park solving the world’s problems, and of course, lots of incredible food.

These cookies are undoubtedly the absolute best. They are soft and chewy and when you take your first bite you get a little explosion of molasses and ginger. They travel beautifully and also make fantastic gifts. And the raw dough? To die for.

If you make no other recipe from Shut Up and Cook..make these. I promise, you won’t regret it.

World’s Best Molasses Cookies

1 cup sugar + more for rolling dough in

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

3/4 cup butter

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp cloves

3/4 tsp ginger

  1. Combine first four ingredients.
  2. Sift in remaining dry ingredients and stir well.
  3. Cover bowl with Saran wrap and chill 1/2 hour or up to 24 hours.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  5. Roll dough into golf-ball size and roll in sugar.
  6. Place on un-greased cookie sheet about two to three inches apart (little balls look like they won’t expand, but they will!)
  7. Cook 8-10 minutes until flattened and just slightly browning (you can modify cooking time pending if you like a chewier or crunchier cookie)
  8. Enjoy!


  1. Maman says:

    It WAS a fantastic visit. With no regard to torrential rains,
    over booked schedules, soggy frozen beans or humbling mudslides,
    we had a blast.

    Your cookies are a testimony to the powers of positive thinking
    and home baked encouragement.
    Bake on,my dear.

    Love you BIG,

  2. Rebecka says:

    Ya just can’t beat a tasy Molasses Cookie and a fresh brewed cup of coffee!! My Mom’s recipe is very close to your’s but she adds a bit more molasses. These cookies always conjure up wonderful childhood memories and I can never eat just one!! I posted my Mom’s recipe about a week ago….

  3. maryklein8 says:

    These sound like they’d be delightful with tea. I’m going to have to try these. Probably in January, when I’ve recovered from cookie overload. ­čÖé

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