Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

These frosted spice gems are a perfect pick-me-up after a hard day at school or work.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 6 hr 10 min
  • Servings 72

Ingredients

Cookies

1 1/2
cups granulated sugar
1
cup shortening
1/2
cup molasses
2
eggs
3
teaspoons baking soda
1/2
cup water
5 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon ground ginger
1
teaspoon ground cloves
1
teaspoon salt

Frosting

1
envelope plus 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1
cup cold water
1
cup granulated sugar
2 1/4
cups powdered sugar
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
1
teaspoon baking powder
1/8
teaspoon salt

  • 1 In large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, the shortening, molasses and eggs until well blended. In small bowl, dissolve baking soda in water; stir into molasses mixture. Stir in remaining cookie ingredients until well blended. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. On floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut with floured 2 3/4-inch round cutter (or cut with clean food can with both ends removed, such as rectangular-shaped pork luncheon meat can). Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  • 3 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 In 2-quart saucepan, sprinkle gelatin on cold water to soften; stir in 1 cup granulated sugar. Heat to a rolling boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes. In large bowl, place powdered sugar and hot gelatin mixture. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed about 2 minutes or until foamy. Add vanilla, baking powder and salt; beat on high speed 12 to 15 minutes or until soft peaks form. Frost bottoms of cookies with frosting. Let stand until frosting is dry, 2 to 3 hours, before storing.

Expert Tips

You decide how strong you want the molasses flavor of these cookies to be. Look for the lighter-colored mild-flavor molasses or the darker full-flavor molasses in the baking aisle of your grocery store.

Go ahead and use vanilla ready-to-spread frosting in place of the recipe listed here.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
110
(
Calories from Fat
25 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 g
3 %
(Saturated Fat
1 g,
1 %
),
Cholesterol
5 mg
5 %;
Sodium
95 mg
95 %;
Total Carbohydrate
20 g
20 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
1 g
1 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
2%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.