Cookie Jar Classics-Molasses Crinkle Cookies
"Molasses Cookies are another one of our American Cookie Jar Classics. We adapted our molasses crinkles from a 1930s recipe. During the depression when sugar was expensive, folks turned to molasses as a sweetener in these thick, chewy cookies."
-- @todayshomekitchen


Prep time 10mins
Cook time 12mins
Serves or Makes: 20 cookies


  • 3/ 4 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/ 3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/ 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/ 4 tsp salt
  • 1/ 4 tsp salt
  • 1/ 4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/ 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/ 41 ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar for dusting
  • cold water for sprinkling tops of cookies


  • Step 1

    Mix the shortening, brown sugar and molasses in the bowl of a mixer until combined. Add the egg and mix again.

  • Step 2

    In another bowl, add the flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and allspice and stir to combine. With the mixer running, add the dry ingredients to the molasses mixture and slowly beat to bring the cookie dough together.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 375. Place the granulated sugar in a small bowl. Roll 1" balls of cookie dough, then roll around in the sugar. Place the balls of cookie dough on a Silpat baking sheet on a cookie rack, and place the cookie rack on a baking sheet. This allows some air to get underneath the cookies while baking. Gently press down on the cookie dough balls to flatten, then sprinkle with a few drops of cold water.

  • Step 4

    Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 12 minutes. You'll see the cookies just start to have crinkles on top. Bring the cookies out of the oven and sprinkle more sugar on top. Let the cookies cool and serve.