molasses crinkles

Molasses Crinkles

Recipe submitted by Mrs. J. Irvin Lehman, Chambersburg, Pa; Mrs. Schertz, Falfurrias, Tex.

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

4 Tbsp molasses

2 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cloves

Cream shortening and sugar together. Add egg and molasses and beat until well blended.

Sift flour. Measure and add salt, soda and spices. Sift again.

Add sifted ingredients to creamed mixture and mix thoroughly. Chill dough in refrigerator.

Shape the chilled dough in balls 1 inch in diameter.

Roll balls in granulated sugar and place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.


So the reason these cookies are called molasses crinkles, is because they are supposed to “crinkle” and form ridges on the top as they cool. Obviously mine did not. They cracked and were a bit thicker than they should have been…….but they were still soooo good! Chewy on the inside with a slight buttery crunch around the edges. Eat them warm with milk or coffee.

I used butter for my shortening. For my molasses, I used half mild, and half full flavor……Brer Rabbit is my favorite brand.

The recipe said it would yield 4 dozen. I got about 3 dozen using a 1 inch cookie dipper.

Work quickly, or the dough will become sticky.

These smelled wonderful while they were baking!

Try to just eat one…..

5 thoughts on “molasses crinkles

  1. Lori

    Hey Holly! They look great! I found that if you chill the dough between trays they don’t get sticky. And yes, they do not make as much as it says. I plan on 3 dozen a batch.

    Keep up the good work! I love reading your posts!


  2. Lucy

    Wow! What precious memories!
    My mother made a batch of these every Christmas.
    They were one of her favorite kinds.

  3. Suzy

    Yes, your blog brings back memories…but it’s making me cry so I have to leave for a bit. My father would have loved your blog and the internet in general. He spent at least 30 years trying to perfect a turnover-style cookie filled with dates he remembered somebody making from his childhood. Even after 3 decades of fooling with them (off and on), the only way he could make them was enormous – like a date filled calzone for two or three people LOL! If I see these turnover cookies on your blog I might not be back for a month.


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