Christmas Cookies – Molasses Cookies

This recipe comes from my husband’s Gram.  They are a tradition on his side of the family but for some reason, whenever my mother-in-law tried to make them they didn’t quite turn out right so unless Gram bakes and mails some goodies, they don’t get them.  I was quite nervous to give them a shot last year but when I got the seal of approval from my husband, and then his mom and brother, I knew they’d become a tradition we’ll be passing along to our daughters too.

As a bonus, they freeze and mail very well!



  • 1 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup milk with 1 tsp white vinegar in it to sour it (I think you could just use buttermilk but I haven’t tried it myself)
  • 2 tsp baking soda (add this to the milk)
  • 4 cups flour, plus more for rolling the dough out
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • jelly for the centres of the cookies (I used strawberry)


1.  Mix together all of the ingredients and chill for a minimum of 1 hour or overnight.  I usually make the dough at night and actually start baking the following afternoon or evening.

2.  Heavily flour your rolling surface and rolling pin.  Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick – I do it in batches to make it easier.  When the dough starts to stick, add more flour.

3.  Cut dough into circles.  I used a 2 inch cutter but you can also use a juice glass.

4.  Use your thumb to make a slight indent in the top of the cookie and add about 1/8 tsp of jelly.  Place the cookies about 2 inches apart of your cookie sheet because they will spread!

5.  Bake at 350 °F for 13 minutes.

This is what they look like when they’re done; you can see how much they’ve puffed up and spread out.

This makes about 2 dozen cookies, depending on how thick you roll the dough and how big your cookie cutter is.  Let them cool and enjoy!

1 Comment on Christmas Cookies – Molasses Cookies

  1. Eren Mckay
    November 18, 2011 at 1:13 PM (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the detailed instructions with pictures.
    Will definitely try it out!
    All the best,


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