12 Days of Christmas Recipe Contest Winner: Molasses Cookies

In honor of the release of our newest cookbook, 12 Days of Christmas with Six Sisters’ Stuff, we hosted a recipe contest to find YOUR favorite holiday recipes!  After a lot of baking, cooking and sampling we have chosen 12 of our reader’s favorite recipes!  Thanks to everyone who participated!


Today we are featuring this Molasses Cookies recipe fromLeAnn Kelly of Virginia. These cookies are a family favorite at her house, and her son requests them every year without fail!


Serves: 48

12 Days of Christmas Recipe Contest Winner: Molasses Cookies

These classic Molasses Cookies are the perfect holiday treat!

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups butter flavor shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • sugar to roll the dough balls in


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl stir together flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl beat shortening for 30 seconds. Add the 2 cups granulated sugar; beat until combined. Beat in eggs and molasses until combined. Beat in half of flour mixture. Stir in remaining flour mixture. Shape dough into about 1-1/2 to 2 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place balls 2-1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are light brown and puffed. (Do not overbake or cookies will not be chewy.) Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Makes about 50 (2-inch) cookies.


To Store: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Equipment needed for this recipe:
Cookie Sheet
Wire Cooling Rack


Looking for more Christmas Dessert Ideas?
Peppermint Fudge
Frosted Toffee Cookies
Sweet and Salty White Chocolate Popcorn
Red Velvet Bundt Cake
Mini Pumpkin Pies

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