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Molasses Crinkles

Molasses Crinkles

Molasses Crinkles

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Molasses Crinkles
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Course: Hand-Shaped CookiesDifficulty: Easy



Soft and chewy molasses cookies on the inside, with loads of flavor and a delicately crispy sugar crust that makes interesting crackles as it bakes.


  • 3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (they are especially nice with large-grained sanding sugar)


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together shortening, brown sugar, egg and molasses until well blended.
  • In a second bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking soda and spices.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the shortening mixture until well blended.
  • Chill 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Shape in balls the size of walnuts and dip one side in granulated sugar. Place sugared side up on prepared baking sheet 2 to 3 inches apart.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until crackles form and they are set.


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(example: Sue in LA)

Living in Colorado, I adjusted the flour down to 2 cups and the time to 12 minutes. It made a difference in the higher altitude and dry climate.
- A Baker

This cookie is very good - I also tried dipping half the cookie into melted white chocolate candy wafers and then lay on cooling rack to dry! Very good and different!
- Judy in OHIO 

This is a great cookie and doesn't take a lot of time. Try dipping in Green and Red granulated sugar to give it that Christmas color.
- Janice Wolcott in Michigan

This is a delightful way to get a molasses flavor in a cookie that keeps well in the cookie jar. During baking, the tops crack in several places and with the sugar dusting they have a crackled finish look.
- Rita Cummins in Las Vegas

These came out great!
- Nancy in South Carolina

These were delicious. My 4 year old says these are his favorites (after the ricotta cookies on this site)! They taste like ginger snaps, but they are soft. They are very unassuming. If you saw them on a plate, they wouldn't stand out, but once you get a taste... yum!
- melissa in PA 

I sprinkled some sugar on the cookies and found it quite tasty. :)
- A Baker
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