My Great-Grandmother's Recipe for Molasses Cookies


Rhonda Crank

My great-grandmother, Ma Horton, made the best Molasses Cookies. Her recipe is one of the most treasured in our family. Her house always smelled like cookies and coffee. My mother once shared with me that one of her favorite memories as a child was going to Ma's house because she would say, "Go look in the pantry and get you a cookie." Since they made their own molasses, it was an ingredient that she always had on hand. Ma Horton taught my grandmother this recipe, my grandmother taught me, and now I'm going to share it with you.

Before we get going with the recipe, I wanted to clear up something. You remember the flavor of your old family recipes and when you make them, they are never quite the same, are they? Well, there's a good reason for that. Our great-grandmothers and for most of my grandmothers' lives, there wasn't any question about the purity of their ingredients. In the recipe, you will notice I say things like organic flour, real salt, coconut oil, organic butter, things of that nature. I do this so that you will know the ingredients that I use to get the equivalents of the ingredients she had. See our post, Is Your Food Really Organic, for more discussion about why your grandmother's recipes don't taste the same when you fix them. You may also want to see our post about the importance of using natural baking soda.

Molasses cookies have a very distinctive taste and some people don't care for them. Probably, it is the ginger in them that people don't really like. As for me, not only do the memories make them good, but the flavor and texture are spectacular, especially with a pot of coffee ... yum! So put on a pot of coffee, make your own batch of Ma Horton's molasses cookies, and enjoy the warmth that fills your home.

Ma Horton's Molasses Cookies 

Ma Horton's Molasses Cookies

4 cups organic, non-GMO flour
1/2 teaspoon real salt – this means kosher or sea salt (I use this one)
2 teaspoons natural baking soda
4  1/2 teaspoons organic cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground organic ginger
1/2 cup lard (organic) or coconut oil, melted (I use this coconut oil)
1/4 cup organic butter, melted
1  1/2 cups non-GMO, organic molasses
5 tablespoons hot water
Organic, non-GMO sugar for sprinkling tops of cookies

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