soft and chewy molasses cookies {grandma’s recipe}

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This year I took part in the Great Food Blogger’s Cookie Exchange.  The wonderful organizers and sponsors of this exchange use this event to raise money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer {a cancer research program}.  This year, with the help of the Great Food Blogger’s Cookie exchange, a total of $13,778.40 was raised.  That is amazing, right?

Along with us bloggers baking and exchanging cookies, there were a few sponsors that also donated to the cause and provided the bloggers with a few helpful tools to bake our cookies with!  We received {amazing} spatulas from Oxo, free molasses from Grandma’s molasses and free sugar with a cookie tin from Imperial Sugar Company.

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To participate in the cookie exchange, I was to bake and send three dozen cookies to three different food bloggers {that also meant I received three dozen cookies!!}.

I received Chocolate Crackle cookies from Danita over at O Taste and See, Molasses cookies from Gerry at Foodness Gracious, and these amazing Vanilla Bean Shortbread cookies with filling from Live Bake Love.  They were all packaged up so beautifully!

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All of us bloggers will be posting the recipes for the cookies that we made, so make sure to visit O Taste and See, Foodness Gracious, and Live Bake Love for the recipes that they used {trust me, they were all VERY good}.

When trying to figure out what cookies to make, I decided to turn to the recipe box from Graham’s grandmother that we inherited this year.  Even before I received the free molasses from Grandma’s Molasses, I had decided to bake up grandma’s soft and chewy molasses cookies {so the free molasses was put to good use}.

As I have found to be pretty standard, the recipe included only ingredients.  So, it took some trial and error until I figured out how to get the cookies to bake…..but they were certainly worth it!  Here is the handwritten card as I found it in grandma’s recipe box:

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Here is my best interpretation of how she would have baked the cookies herself!  And although it doesn’t list this, I did roll the cookies in white granulated sugar and then flattened them a bit before baking!

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soft and chewy molasses cookies {grandma’s recipe}

soft and chewy molasses cookies {grandma’s recipe}

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening {I used butter, shhhhh}
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 6-7 cups flour {I ended up using only six}

Instructions

  1. Cream together sugar and shortening
  2. Beat in eggs, one at a time
  3. Mix in molasses
  4. Mix baking soda with boiling water until dissolved then add to wet mixture
  5. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, ginger, and cinnamon
  6. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet mixture. Add more flour if necessary
  7. Roll dough into balls, roll balls into white granulated sugar, then slightly flatten balls with fingers
  8. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 12 minutes {or until the tops start to appear cracked}
  9. Makes about 4 dozen {good sized} cookies
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  1. says

    I just made these cookies yesterday and they were so good it was actually difficult for me to save any for my guest today. I’ll be making these again for sure! Yum.

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