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Grandma Sears’ Soft Molasses Creams

Grandma Sears' Soft Molasses Creams

Grandma Sears’ Soft Molasses Creams

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Grandma Sears' Soft Molasses Creams
4.1 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.1/5 (17)
Course: Drop Cookies, Grandma Evelyn’s RecipesDifficulty: Easy



A soft molasses drop cookie redolent of holiday spices. It has the texture of a dense cake, stays moist if stored properly, and tastes like Christmas. This vintage cookie recipe was handed down from my great-grandma Sears and found in my Grandma Evelyn’s hand-written recipe cards.


  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1 cups molasses

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

  • 1/2 cup boiling water


  • Preheat oven to 350 F and grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper. Cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg yolk and molasses. Stir together baking soda, salt, flour, ginger and nutmeg. Add vinegar to water. Gradually stir flour mixture into shortening mixture, alternating with hot water. Drop by heaping tablespoons onto prepared baking sheet 3″ apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.



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I'm from Nova Scotia. My Mom made these cookies when I was a kid. I've been looking for this exact recipe for ages. When she passed and we were emptying the house I thought I'd find it in her cookbooks, but no luck. Thanks for sharing it. Can't wait to make them.
- Laura, Edmonton

Well I have finally found the soft molasses cookie of my dreams! Definitely a new addition to my annual Christmas baking. All other recipes have never had enough molasses in them. One cup - great! Thank you Grandma Sears for sharing!
- Julia in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Great cookies! These were very easy to make and came out tasting exceptional. They also made the house smell yummy...which is another plus! ;-)
- A Baker

My cookies sank as soon as they started cooling. I want a cake like molasses cookie and this is flat like all the other recipes I have tried. So disappointing.
- Annette in Pa.
Love these cookies!! The recipe was super easy to make as well. It's a keeper!
- Mercy S in Idaho
These are the cookies I grew up with that we called Ginger Cremes. (I think my mom felt no one would like them with molasses but I am a HUGE molasses fan lol). We would frost them with a buttercream frosting and sprinkle red and green sugars on them.
- A Baker
Extremely easy to mix up and bake, but way too cakey for me. I like a crispier molasses cookie. Taste was fine, just not my favorite type. Ingredients were inexpensive and probably on hand in pantry. I also sprinkled extra sugar on top.
- Bee
I have always wanted to try a recipelike this and always hesitant of how they would turn out. I tried this one today and they are very taste cookies,soft and flavorfull. I cant for friends and family to try, they will love.ty
- summer
Awsome and easy to make
- A Baker
I loved this recipe! Great taste, cake like texture, easy to make. I got about 4 1/2 dozen cookies from this recipe.
- Sandy in Kentucky
This cookie tasted awesome! I had to use more than 1/2 cup of water as the mixture seemed too thick but it turned out okay. I also had trouble getting the dough off the spoon so the cookies ended up being huge, but nobody ever complains about cookies being too big. Goes well with Egg Nog (& Rum).
- A Baker
I will make these again, but not as a Christmas cookie. Too much competition with the other cookies. They were good and brought back childhood memories. Tasted a lot like gingerbread. Would probably be good just dipping in whip cream.
- A Baker
I really liked these cookies, they are soft & flavorful. Easy to make and they freeze well.
- Kathy Bean in Frisco, TX
These cookies were a disappointment, I was expecting a great cookie and instead I got a gooey mess without a lot of flavor. I had to smother the cookies in cream cheese frosting to make them semi-palatable. I would not recommend this recipe to anyone.
- A Baker
These were very good and very easy. They hold there shape well. I added white chocolate chips to the batter and this was a great success!
- A Baker
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