Grandma's Molasses Crinkles

Beware: these melt-in-your-mouth molasses cookies are as good as grandma's.

Yield: Makes 6 to 7 dozen


  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 cups shortening
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Garnish: sugar


  1. Combine eggs, sugars, shortening and molasses in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, sift together remaining ingredients except garnish.
  2. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture; cover and chill thoroughly. Roll dough into one-inch balls.
  3. Dip tops into sugar and place on lightly greased baking sheets, sugar-side up. Press tops down lightly with a fork to flatten.
  4. If desired, sprinkle each cookie with a few drops of water for a more crackled surface. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
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