Molasses Honey-Ginger Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 45 min + chill time

Cook Time: 8 min

Molasses Honey- Ginger Cookies


1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup honey
2 large egg yolks
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
liquid food colorings and colored sugars


1. Cream together the shortening, sugar, molasses and honey in a bowl with an electric mixer. Add the egg yolks and mix well.

2. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices; stir into the shortening mixture. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill well until firm.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to lightly greased cookie sheets.

5. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheets until they are firm. Then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

6. Beat powdered sugar, butter, milk and vanilla until smooth, adding more sugar or milk as needed. If desired, divide icing among smaller bowls and tint with different food colorings. Decorate cookies with colored icings and sugars.


3 Responses to “Molasses Honey-Ginger Cookies”

  1. postedAug 24, 2009 4:21 AM

    I can’t wait to make these at Christmas w/ my daughter! She loves molasses/ginger cookies, but hates sugar cookies. I’m happy to have found a fun cookie cutter recipe that isn’t a sugar cookie.

  2. postedDec 8, 2012 3:00 AM

    Hey! These look delicious. Are they firm enough to use to make a gingerbread house?

    • postedDec 8, 2012 10:02 PM

      no- they’re not that kind of cookie.

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