Molasses Crackle Cookies

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 2 dozens
  • Prep 10 minutes
  • Cook 30 minutes

Somewhat chewy, but not too soft, the Molasses Crackle Cookies are real beauties.

Molasses Crackle Cookies, a perfect fall dessert
Teresa Blackburn

Dip the balls of dough into cold water then sugar. The sugar sticks to the wet dough in irregular clumps, creating the "dried mud" appearance when the cookies are baked.


1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup molasses
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
Ice water
1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2.  Combine shortening, butter and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg and molasses; beat well. Add flour and baking soda, salt and spices; beat until well combined. Chill at least 1 hour.
  3. Roll dough into walnut-size balls; dip in ice water and then granulated sugar. Place on baking sheet at least 2 inches apart (cookies will spread). Bake 10 to 15 minutes.

Recipe by Jill Melton.

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