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Molasses Crinkles

A soft cookie made with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves perfectly paired with sweet molasses.
Prep Time20 mins
Active Time10 mins
Chill Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas cookies, cinnamon, Fall Favorites, soft cookies
Yield: 48 cookies
Calories: 77kcal


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar (granulated or course for dipping)
  • 1 Tbsp. water


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease cookie sheets or cut parchment paper to size.
  • In large bowl, mix together shortening, brown sugar, egg, and molasses.
  • Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in batches, scraping sides as you go until everything is mixed together. Chill dough in refrigerator at least 30 minutes.
  • Put 2 Tbsp. sugar in small bowl for dipping. Also, have small bowl with tap water and teaspoon in it.
  • Roll dough into balls the size of large walnuts. Dip tops in sugar and place sugar-side up on prepared cookie sheet 3" apart. Sprinkle each cookie with 2-3 drops water to produce a crackled surface.
  • Bake approx. 8-10 minutes. Check for crinkles. Cookies are set when the cracks begin to appear on surface of cookie. Enjoy!


Store the Molasses Crinkles in an air-tight container to keep them soft. Molasses Crinkles also freeze well in an air-tight container for 3-6 months.


Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg