Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies on Platter Talk
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Old-Fashioned Molasses Cookies

From Mennonite Community Cookbook
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mennonite
Servings: 48
Author: Dan from Platter Talk


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark molasses


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix flour and salt together and cut in shortening as for pastry (Mennonitese for pie.)
  • In another bowl, combine molasses and sugar.
  • Add egg and beat well.
  • Dissolve soda in hot water and add to molasses, egg, and sugar mixture.
  • Combine crumbs and molasses mixture and stir until well blended.
  • Chill dough for several hours.
  • On a lightly floured board, roll cookie dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Place on greased cookie sheet and bake until a deep rich brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Makes about 4 dozen cookies, probably not nearly enough for your liking.