Molasses Crinkles

From a 1956 Betty Crocker recipe.

Makes 4 dozen (or 28, if you make them like me)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Granulated sugar, for dipping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the brown sugar, shortening, egg and molasses in a mixer using the paddle attachment until combined. Add the remaining ingredients except the granulated sugar. Mix to combine.

Using a small cookie scoop for uniformity, shape the dough into balls. Dip the tops, only, into the granulated sugar.  Place on a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just set. You don't want to overcook these cookies.
Remove immediately from the cookie sheet to cool.