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Soft Molasses Cookies

Sheri S.
This is a Christmas cookie recipe from my Great Aunt Emily. We know it's a really old recipe, because it originally called for lard!
Course Dessert


  • 1 cup shortening originally lard , melted
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 5 cups flour


  • Sift together flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon and baking soda.
  • Combine melted shortening (or lard), hot water, molasses and sugar.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until blended
  • Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
  • Roll out 1/4 "" thick slices on a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters.
  • Place on greased pan or parchment paper and bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 mins.


Careful not to overbake!