Molasses Snickerdoodles

These snickerdoodles are made with molasses and ginger, a perfect snickerdoodles recipe for the holidays!

snickerdoodlesWe recently made the decision to rid our home of television.

Actually, what happened was that Robb wanted to do it, and I whined, cried, and threw a tantrum.  Because I’m kind of a tv addict.

I told the kids that I’m really happy with the situation, you know, to be a good family leader and stuff, but what I’m really thinking is how sad I am about missing the new seasons of The Office and Criminal Minds.  {And DO NOT spoil it for me… I’m going to find a way to watch them later.}

The kids have actually been great at inventing ways to amuse themselves.  They play a lot of board games, read a lot of books, and we’ve heard “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey on the piano at least 3 or 4 hundred thousand times.  (I’m starting to wish they’d go back to playing the Mario Brothers theme, if that tells you anything about how desperate the situation is.)

Today, they wanted to bake cookies.  “Great idea,” I said.


The Hippie Chick told me she wanted to make a double batch, because our cookies are always in small batches and always gone too fast.  I reminded her of the reason for that situation.  I bake cookies every week.  We don’t need a double batch.

But, her cookies, her rules.  She made a double batch.

I did successfully manage to convince the kids to make a cookie they had never made before… Molasses Snickerdoodles.  I got this recipe from my grandmother some time ago, but have never made them.  They’ve been on my mind lately, because it’s all cold and autumnal outside.

And because I’m tired of apples and pumpkin, so I’m turning to molasses and ginger.

snickerdoodle recipe

Another fun fact about this project: Hippie Chick literally asked me if she could have a root beer float while she was waiting for her cookies to bake.

Me: You want a root beer float for lunch and a cookie for dessert?!
Hippie Chick: {giggling} Yes!
Me: Can I interest you in some spinach?  Or at least a peanut butter sandwich?
Hippie Chick: I’ll just wait for the cookies to come out.

Perhaps we’re a touch sugar-addicted around here.  Maybe it’s time I start blogging about salads.

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  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. cloves
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  1. Cream shortening, sugar, molasses and egg.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together, then add to sugar mixture and mix until combined.
  3. Form into balls and roll in sugar. Place on baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Chocolate Gingersnaps from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

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Cocoa Molasses Toffee from The Kitchn


Snickerdoodles recipe

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21 thoughts on “Molasses Snickerdoodles

  1. Jen

    YUm! I’m making these this week for sure – maybe even late tonight! Thanks so much for sharing a recipe from your grandmother. That makes it even more special. 🙂

    1. Jen Post author

      I’m sure you could. You might have to add a bit more flour to compensate for the extra moisture in the butter, and I would definitely chill the dough for a couple hours before baking. You’ll have to let me know how it turns out!

  2. Alison @ Momma Did It

    Oh my goodness! These sound fabulous! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and your daughter sounds like she would get along with my girls just fine. They think root beer floats should be their own food group!

  3. Miz Helen

    Snickerdoodles are one of our favorite cookies and the addition of the Molasses makes it a great cookie. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Theresa

    Those cookies sound delicious. I am definately making those.

    Wanted to say congrats on getting rid of the T.V. My parents got rid of ours when I was 7. That was 1982. It was hard missing out on some of the ’80’s hit shows, but by far the best decision my parents made. I look back on my childhood with fond memories. Your children will too, no doubt.

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  6. Rachel (teacher-chef)

    I am using these as my Cookie for the Great Blogger Cookie exchange. I usually struggle with cookies and these came out perfect the 1st (and 2nd and 3rd) time I have made them – DELICIOUS! I cannot wait to make these again for family, such a simple yet delicious recipe!

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