Recipe By Anonymous
Published Nov 22nd
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 5 dozen Calories 292.3

This recipe is at least 175 years old. It has been in my family forever, it just gets handed down from one generation to the next. Makes good gingerbread men.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups dark molasses
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 9 cups all-purpose flour

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses slowly, stirring constantly. Mix spices with cream of tartar and add to mixture.
  2. 2 Mix baking soda and buttermilk. Add alternately with the flour to the sugar and spices mixture. You may not need the whole 9 cups of flour but you should end up with a fairly stiff dough. Chill dough overnight.
  3. 3 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. 4 Roll dough out to at least 1/4-inch thick (the thicker the better), using as little flour as possible. Keep dough refrigerated when not rolling and cutting. Cut into cookies and brush with beaten egg. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Alternately, you can form the dough into golf ball size round, roll in white sugar, place on a cookie sheet and then flatten slightly.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 292.3
  • Carbohydrate 52.7 g
  • Cholesterol 0.3 mg
  • Fat 7.3 g
  • Fiber 1.1 g
  • Protein 4.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.8 g
  • Sodium 137.1 mg
  • Sugar 19.8 g


  1. I've made this recipe for years with the same ingredients my grandmother and great grandmother used this also best molasses cookie around very old recipe thanks for posting it
  2. I made some changes to this recipe and they came out GREAT! I used soy flour instead of regular flour (and 8 cups instead of 9) butter instead of shortening added another 1/2 cup of buttermilk and an egg. NOTE: If you want sweet molasses sugar cookies you will not like these. This recipe will - Read more ...
  3. A family favorite for generations. My grandma made a cut out cookie placed a big old flattened raisin (hard to find nowadays)in the middle then sprinkled with sugar delicious. The first time I made them (I was in my 20s) and new to making cookies I doubled the recipe and had cookies on every flat - Read more ...
  4. Note to those that already tried this recipe and were disappointed: If the cookies were too tough or cakey try using less flour as instructed in the recipe.
  5. I bake cookies all the time and can usually choose good recipes for them but not this time.
  6. These are the best molasses cookies I have ever made or tasted. My family will be making these more often!!! Thank you
  7. Flavourful! Disappeared quickly in my house. Thank for sharing this recipe!
  8. The cookies were yummy. So good my sister wants the recipe. Barb from California
  9. We ended up throwing all but two cookies away. The cookies were cakey and tasted terrible. I would not recommend this recipe to anyone.