Forty Days Til’ Forty, Day Six: Just Make These Cookies

molasses cookie

A kind lady named Patti once made these cookies for the staff where I work, and they were so good, I asked her for the recipe over a year later. They were just that good. So I’m posting it here because you’ll need exactly three weeks to remember to stop and buy molasses to make them in time for Thanksgiving. Then you’ll eat the whole first batch and need one more week to get around to making another for your guests. And someone’s taste buds will thank you. Enjoy!

Molasses Cookies

From the Silver Palate Cookbook


12 Tablespoons Butter (1 1/2 sticks)

1 Cup granulated sugar

1/4 Cup molasses

1 egg

1 3/4 cups unbleached all- purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2  teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Melt butter, add sugar and molasses and mix thoroughly. Lightly beat egg and add to butter mixture; blend well.
  3. Sift flour with spices, salt and baking soda and add to first mixture; mix. Batter will be wet.
  4. Place a sheet of foil on a cookie sheet. Drop tablespoons of cookie batter on foil, leaving 3 inches between the cookies.  They will spread during baking.
  5. Bake until cookies start to darken, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven while still soft.  Let cool on foil.

Yields 24 large flat cookies.

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