When I was a little girl, my Aunt Marion always had Archway molasses cookies ready to serve when we visited. She and my Uncle Alton (my grandfather’s twin brother) never had any children. They were antique dealers. Can you imagine their home? It was like walking into a museum. They had really old, really good quality furnishings. Marion fluttered around like a little bird. As a child, I didn’t realize how nervous I must have made her. She was probably hoping that nothing broke while I was visiting! It’s a good thing that I was a quiet little girl.
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups molasses
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 egg
- 7 cups flour
- 1 Tbsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1½ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp cloves
- Combine sugar, molasses, shortening, hot water and egg in a mixer.
- Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and add to mixer.
- Chill dough 3 hours.
- Roll out to ½ inch thick and cut out into some kind of shape (we like flowers and stars).
- Sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake 375 degrees 8-10 minutes.
- This recipe makes a lot, so you may want to freeze half.
This post was originally published in November 2008 without photos or much text.