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Soft Molasses Cookies

These are on of my husbands favorite cookies. It has a slight hint of coffee flavor which goes really nice with a good cup of coffee or a tall glass of cold milk.

  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of shortening or hard margarine, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup of molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of coffee (may use water or milk)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • raisins for decoration (optional)
Glaze (optional)
  • 1 cup of sifted icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • milk( enough to drizzle icing over cookies if using)
  1. Cream together shortening and sugar.
  2. Add molasses incorporate it well.
  3. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition.
  4. Sift dry ingredients together.
  5. Add into the creamed mixture alternately with the coffee.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet.
  7. Add a few raisins to the top of the cookie if you wish.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Leave the cookies on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. At this point you can drizzle the cookies with the icing if you wish.


  1. Has anyone tried these gluten free by substituting the flour? They sound delicious! -- Jody

  2. I only had 4 cups of flour, so I used a cup of pancake mix. The cookies are still great, just more fluffy than crisp. I also used cocoa mix instead of coffee. The kids like them, but next time I'll plan ahead.

  3. How many cookies come out with this recipe?

  4. just made them-made 75 out of one recipe! love big batches like that, I dropped them into sugar before baking to give them a gingersnap look-so good! each one is about 6 cm round when baked.

  5. I made them this morning before school. Mixed them last night and baked them up in the AM. It woke our kids up with "what smells so good". Thanks for sharing this recipe. It is going into my definitely make again file.


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