13 March 2011

Molasses Cookies - Three Ways!

So ... it was Saturday and my traditional baking day. SB and my brother, Rich went off into the woods for a day hike and I was planning a gorgeous cookie platter for the evening's dessert. They were going to be 'wowed'. Rich brought a big old pan of short ribs so my dinner preparations were way easy last night ... the least I could do is make a killer dessert...right?

I played with my Great Aunt Verna's molasses cookie recipe. She always made these cookies as 'drops'  that were full of raisins, but she once said that you could add more flour to the dough and make them as rolled cookies, so I tried just that. Of course, some had to be made in her traditional drop cookie fashion! It was fun to see them (and taste them!) just as she always made them. I used some of the batter, though, to change up by cutting some and dipping them in raw sugar. Another part of the dough was rolled and cut into sandwich rounds. Iced, and with their the tops dusted, they were pretty tea cookies.

I had an idea for a blueberry lemon icing that I have been wanting to develop ! It involves butter, cream cheese, pureed blueberries (some of last summer's bonanza that have been in our freezer), confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest ... I'd hoped for a fresh light blueberry flavor and a light blue icing ... purplish blue, I got!

One cup of pureed berries yielded a bright purple icing. I put a bit too much lemon juice into the icing, though. The citrus ganged up on the blueberry flavor. I think I would just add the lemon zest next time and leave out the lemon juice altogether. These turned out to be pretty little cookies ...

I chilled the cookie platter before serving to firm up the icing. They were tasty!

The sugar frosted hearts have great crunch from those big sugar crystals.

Voila! Molasses cookies done three ways!

Aunt Verna's Molasses Cookies


In a large mixing bowl, beat together:

1 c. vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1 c. sugar
1 c. molasses
1 large egg
1 c. cold water

Add and blend in:

1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Blend in a bit at a time:

4 c. flour (for rolled out cookies use 5 - 5 1/2 c. flour)

Fold in:

3/4 c. raisins or currants

Drop by teaspoonsful onto  greased cookie sheets and bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 12 -15 minutes.

Don't overbake! Edges of the cookies should just be beginning to brown up and the tops should still be soft (but set).  Remove from the cookies sheets immediately upon removal from the oven.

For rolled cookies, roll out chilled dough on a floured surface to 1/3 inch thickness and bake until edges are just browned. Remove from the cookie sheets to cool. Decorate by dipping in raw sugar before baking or icing/dusting when cooled.


  1. they look yummy! hmmm, what if you made treacle cookies? you know, switching out the molasses for treacle. or maybe some time try ginger bread cakes (cookies) using it. they're quite tasty! (your post reminded me of the ones I made; see http://historiccookery.com/2011/01/19/ginger-bread-cakes/)

  2. Those look like my husband's (or his grandma's, really) molasses cookies! He always makes several big batches around the holidays. They are sooo good.

  3. I have to have these! What a great idea to add in raisins, not to mention so much quicker than rolling and cutting out cookies. Every Christmas I make my mom's molasses cutout cookies and they are wonderful. I might just have to make a batch of the drop cookies tonight!

  4. Great cookies, they sure look good.

  5. After an afternoon of hiking a welcoming plate of cookies would help us regain our energy.

  6. Sprout Sara14/3/11 3:14 PM

    Those blueberry ones look really yummy. Good idea! So... when is the cookbook coming out? ;)

  7. Haha! My cookbook is already published ... off my printer and on the shelf for all my 'sprouts' ... if some schmancy NY publisher wants to give me a signing deal, they can just read the blog and send me a comment! I'm not holding my breath, though!

  8. Killer three way. I would go right for the blueberry one first. See, I'm not the only one who thinks a book would be neat!!

  9. Hi Susan, What a great recipe! Your cookies look absolutely yummy. I'll have to try these babies :)

    Have a good day,



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