Molasses Crackle Cookies

Molasses Crackle Cookies
Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 2 dozens
  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cook: 30 minutes

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.


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

  • Calories 159
  • Fat 6g
  • Cholesterol 14mg
  • Sodium 223mg
  • Carbohydrate 25g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Protein 1g