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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Taste-bud Journey: Mom's Molasses Cookies

During the pandemic, I am taking taste-bud journeys as I self-isolate rather than physical journeys. Here is my adapted recipe for making my absolute favorite cookie in the entire world: My mom's molasses cookies. It was inspired by happy memories of coming home from school and finding Mom making up a huge batch of molasses cookies. I would always gobble down four of them and sneak another four to take up to my room to nibble on as I worked on my homework. LOL! She was such an incredible mother in so many dozens and dozens of ways. I love you, Mom! May she rest in peace! [Louise Hall Smith Dunn - October 1927 to January 2017] - I am posting this on Mother's Day! "I love you so much, Mom! I hope you are free of all pain and having lovely adventures on the other side! Someday, we will see each other again!"

Knowing how much my two brothers also love these cookies, they shouldn't be too surprised when they receive a surprise package in the mail. Surprise after the fact! 

[FYI - I actually made these cookies the third week of March 2021. So, by the time this recipe posts, I would imagine that all those yummy cookies have already been eaten by all three of us. By the way, these cookies are not everybody's cup of tea. I remember, while growing up, how some of my friends did not find them nearly so wonderful. I would, therefore, joke that you probably had to have grown up with molasses being basted on your pacifier, so to speak. If my dad heard a friend of mine complaining, I'm sure he would have thought or said, "All the more for me (or us)." LOL! I love you, Dad! May he rest in peace! [Malcolm Graeme Dunn - December 1929 to April 2018. By the way, my parents were married 63 years and 11 days. Quite an amazing feat, in this day and age!]

Recipe: Makes 6 to 7 dozen (FYI - I always make a double recipe; therefore, I doubled all those amounts)

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup vinegar


  • Step 1: In large mixing bowl, blend until smooth butter and sugar.

  • Step 2: Beat in eggs and molasses. Batter may look slightly curdled, at this point.

  • Step 3: In medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, salt, and ginger together. Set aside.

  • Step 4: In small to medium bowl, stir baking soda into vinegar. Warning: Hold it over another container as it may foam over.

  • Step 5: Alternate adding flour mixture or vinegar mixture into batter. Mix until smooth after each add.

  • Step 6: Drop from teaspoon onto greased cookie sheet. No need to grease the sheet if you use a silicone mat. Bake at 350° F. for 15 minutes until edges are slightly brown.

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