Thursday, October 26, 2017

Old-Fashioned Molasses Sugar Cookies - Aunt Linda's Treasured Recipe

It's the most wonderful time of the year, when it's time to make Aunt Linda's famous Molasses Sugar Cookies!

Perfectly spiced old-fashioned molasses cookies - crispy on the edges, with a soft, chewy center. Our family and friends think these are the best molasses cookies around, Santa agrees! These nostalgic cookies are a cinch to make and are a wonderful addition to holiday cookie trays - perfect for cookie swaps too. They also make a wonderful gift.

This batch of cookies was made with my sister during my visit to Alaska last month. I have wanted to add this recipe to my blog for years. So a special thank you to my sister, Anastasia, for all the baking we did during my trip.

For this recipe, the dough is made ahead of time and refrigerated. We always make the dough the night before. The dough needs to be thoroughly chilled, which takes approximately 4-6 hours.

Please note, when the dough is thoroughly chilled and ready to be rolled, the dough will be very stiff. 

When these cookies are baking, the house fills with the sweet smell of the holidays. Someone cue the music, "Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la."  

If you are looking for a terrific molasses cookie recipe, just like grandma used to make - look no further! 

Old-Fashioned Molasses Sugar Cookies - Aunt Linda’s Treasured Recipe

  • *1 1/2 cups butter or Parkay Original Margarine, at room temperature 
  • 2 cups sugar (granulated) 
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Turbinado or Sparkling sugar to coat the unbaked cookies.
In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs and molasses until completely blended. 

In a separate large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and mix well until combined completely. Cover the dough tightly and refrigerate overnight.  

When dough is ready to bake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and coat them with Turbinado sugar. Bake the cookies on a sheet pan, placed 1-2 inches apart for 10-12 min. The cookies should crackle on top and have golden edges. 

Recipe makes 6 to 8 dozen, depending on size. 

IMPORTANT - The dough needs to be thoroughly chilled. When the dough is thoroughly chilled and ready to be rolled, it will be very stiff. Allow at least 4 to 6 hours to chill. 

If you were to ask my aunt which to use, butter or Parkay, she would say (passionately), Parkay! The original recipe, which dates back to 1981, calls for Parkay Original Margarine. Parkay can sometimes be difficult to find, especially in Alaska. If you can't find Parkay, use butter - the cookies turn out wonderful! When it comes to margarine, I recommend ONLY using PARKAY ORIGINAL MARGARINE. Some brands of margarine have a higher water content and will make the cookies super flat. 

Sharing this recipe at Weekend Potluck.

Thanks for stopping by!


Marsha Baker said...

I LOVE Molasses cookies! How awesome is it that you got to bake these with your sis and to be able to share this priceless recipe with all of us!!!!

Annetta said...

In the recipe it calls for 1 and a half cups of butter which is 3 sticks yet the pic of the ingredients it shows one and a half sticks. Which is right?

Mary N said...

There are 3 sticks of butter in the photo above - they are short and fat, you can't really see the other stick. You need 1 and 1/2 cups of butter for this recipe, Annette. *Not all sticks of butter are 1/2 cup each.

Annetta said...

O,K. Thank you very much. Now on to the cookies........

Mary N said...

Thank you, Marsha! We had a great visit and did tons of baking and cooking for the blog. I'm excited to share the rest of the recipes!

Mary N said...

Happy baking, Annetta!

Debra Cates said...

Are these cookies good for freezing?