My favorite cookie of all time is the molasses cookie. It’s rich in spice: cinnamon, ginger, clove. It’s chewy and crackled on top, and has crunchy crystals of turbinado sugar sprinkled over it.


  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Cream the shortening and sugar together
  3. Add in the egg, then molasses
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger & cloves
  5. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet until just mixed
  6. Roll into walnut-sized balls and dip one side in sugar
  7. Bake sugar side up for 10 minutes
  8. Let cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to complete

This recipe comes to us from a family member (cousin Marie) three generations older than us and we’re not sure of its origin when she found it. All we know is that our grandmother used to make them, as did our mother, and now we do as well.