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Aunt Marie’s Molasses Cookies

December 20, 2012 by Laura

Aunt Marie's Molasses Cookies

For Christmas last year, my Grandma gave me a copy of a family cookbook that several of my second cousins had put together, highlighting many of the favorite recipes that have been passed down over the generations. The recipes, for things like Biscuits, the Perfect Gravy, and Split Pea Soup, tell a story not only of great Southern food, but of memories and love shared around our family tables.

These moist, flavorful Molasses Cookies come from my great Aunt Marie – a woman who, every morning, made biscuits from scratch. I came across these gingery little treats while looking for new holiday cookie recipes, and they have already become a Swoon Kitchen favorite.


Aunt Marie's Molasses Cookies
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Yield: 36 Cookies
  • 3/4 cups (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room-temperature
  • 1 cup granulated (white) sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Using an electric stand-up or handheld mixer, mix together the molasses, sugar and egg until well blended. Add the melted butter and ginger and mix until combined.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. With the mixer on low-speed, add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, a bit at a time until combined. Let the dough chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. When the dough is chilled, gently form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet about 2-inches apart and bake for 8-10 minutes until the tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve warm.


  • Reply Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies - Fork Knife Swoon December 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

    […] one of my all time seasonal favorites. This recipe is an offshoot of one I shared last year, my Great Aunt Marie’s molasses cookies, a wonderful recipe in itself. As I’m often wont to do, I tinkered with the original a bit, […]

  • Reply Tammy January 8, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Thank you for sharing something special and sweet.

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  • Reply Gary Lapman December 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you for the personal delivery. Much thanks to your Aunt and you. These were AWESOME!

    • Reply Laura January 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them! I’ve now made four batches of these for the holidays…

  • Reply Lydia Plunk December 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Reply Laura January 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

  • Reply Dina December 22, 2012 at 10:04 am

    thanks for sharing a family recipe! these are some of my favorites.

    • Reply Laura December 22, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Dina! I’ve already made two batches since Thanksgiving…

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