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  • 1 Cup Shortening (or Butter)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Molasses
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 36 Slices (roughly) Sliced Almonds

Grandma’s Molasses Cookies

Rich and spicy cookies perfect for the holidays.

40 minutes

Serves: 36


An easy to make cookie that tastes as good as it looks.

Molasses Cookies Ingredients

These molasses cookies will surely become a holiday tradition in your house. Honestly though – they are perfect for any time of the year. The right amount of sweet, spicy and deep richness from the molasses – these cookies are a hit with anyone.

The recipe card in Grandma’s recipe box (as you can see below) was pretty basic – just a list of ingredients and that’s about it. Luckily, my mom had given me her recipe for them as well, so I relied on that. The ingredient amounts were the same but Mom’s recipe had the cooking time and the note to add an almond sliver on top. Something I nearly forgot! These wouldn’t be the same with that for sure.

The molasses cookies will last about 5-7 days on the counter at room temperature. In our house, we LOVE to freeze cookies. (If you haven’t had a frozen chocolate chip cookie you are MISSING OUT!) These cookies freeze well, but they are a bit dense, so it’s best to let them sit for a minute or two before eating after they come out of the freezer.

If you make these cookies, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. And don’t forget to take a picture and share it with me on Instagram (@bdhbakes)!

Molasses Cookies Hand Written Recipe


  • Preheat Oven to 350º 
  • Cream Shortening and Sugar 

    Put the shortening (or butter) and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat until both are combined and smooth.

    Molasses Cookies Sugar and Shortening
    Molasses Cookies Cream Sugar and Shortening
  • Add Molasses 

    Pour in the molasses and mix to combined in a uniform color.

    Molasses Cookies Add Molasses
    Molasses Cookies Mixed In Molasses
  • Add Spices 

    Add the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom and mix to combine.

    Molasses Cookies Add Spices
  • Add Orange Juice 

    Pour in the orange juice and mix to combine.

    Molasses Cookies Add Orange Juice
    Molasses Cookies Mixed In Orange Juice
  • Mix Dry Ingredients 

    In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda and whisk well to evenly distribute.

    Molasses Cookies Dry Ingredients
  • Gradually Add Dry Ingrediencts 

    In 1/2 cup increments, add the dry ingredients into the dough mixture in the stand mixture bowl. Gently mix until the added flour is just incorporated between each addition.

    Molasses Cookies Add Dry Ingredients
    Molasses Cookies Mix Dry
    Molasses Cookies Dough Ready
  • Prep Cookies for Baking 

    Use a cookie scoop (or two spoons) and scoop a ball of dough onto the cookie sheets allowing for ample space between each cookie. Press each cookie to flatten a bit. I used the bottom of a drinking glass that I sprayed with cooking spray. Then top each cookie with an almond slice.

    Molasses Cookies Scooped Dough
    Molasses Cookies Press Dough
    Molasses Cookies Add Almond Slice
  • Bake! 

    Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes each. Allow to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.



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