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Molasses Crinkles couldn’t be more holiday perfect. Sweet, spicy, and just the right amount of chewy, it’s no wonder they’re classic.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of McCormick. All opinions are my own.

You know what one of the coolest things about creating a little family of your own is? Getting to pick and choose the traditions from both sides of the family to continue.

Eric always says that one of the things he loves about me is my passion for baking. It brings to mind his childhood and his grandmother who baked up delicious treats all year long, but especially at Christmas.

We even have a fantastic cookbook of family recipes, put together by his aunt. I’m not kidding when I say everything is documented, right down to what was served at the Christmas buffet every year.

I totally get a kick out of going through through the cookbook – especially the notes in the margins. Let’s just say one year, someone wasn’t feeling the chocolate pecan tart – there’s just a one word note next to it in the buffet list – no. Ha!

Eric and I’ve been talking more and more about the traditions we want to make a priority every year as we create lasting memories for Elle. We both agree, much of it will revolve around our favorite recipes, like my Nana’s pumpkin roll recipe, and these Molasses Crinkle Cookies.

Straight from the pages of Grandma’s cookbook, these cookies are 100% classic. Chewy, spicy, and at home on every cookie tray. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Another favorite for the holidays are these gingerbread cookies.

Molasses Crinkles Picture on My Baking AddictionBiting into one of these perfect cookies, a cup of my favorite tea nearby, it almost made me okay that we’ve already had our first snow of the season (on Halloween!), and I’m definitely ready to settle in and bake another batch.

I often find myself baking with classic McCormick spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, pure vanilla extract – these are the flavors that basically make up my life. I mean, if someone were to make me a custom perfume, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what it would smell like.

And really, it’s no wonder. McCormick has been around for 125 years – more than a century! They’ve played a huge roll in the kitchens of at least four generations of bakers and cooks the world over.

McCormick’s Flavor of Together program is a yearlong initiative to share 1.25 million stories – stories of how flavor unites and defines people across the globe. For every story shared on any of McCormick’s brand websites or social channels, McCormick will donate $1, up to $1.25 million, to United Way to help feed those in need.

Share your story to help those in need – it couldn’t be simpler. Submit your story at, or on social media using hashtag #flavorstory. You’ll also find globally inspired recipes, videos, and more. It’s one truly cool social media experiment. I can’t wait to read your story.

Oh, and I hope you’ll share these Molasses Crinkle Cookies as part of a new family tradition – because whoa, are they amazing!

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Molasses Crinkles

By: Jamie
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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Molasses Crinkles couldn’t be more holiday perfect. Sweet, spicy, and just the right amount of chewy, it’s no wonder they’re classic.


  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup granulated sugar for rolling cookies


  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy; about 3 minutes. Add in egg, vanilla and molasses and mix until fully combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Slowly add dry ingredients to the shortening mixture and mix until just combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • When you're ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375 °F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Using a medium cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) roll dough into balls and then roll into the granulated sugar to coat. Place dough balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for about 3 minutes before removing the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 166kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 138mg, Sugar: 15g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick; however, the views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are my own, and based upon my experiences with McCormick products. Thank you for supporting McCormick and the brands that continue to make My Baking Addiction possible.

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  1. Candy Firchow says:

    These cookies are delicious and took me back to my childhood! My Dad made these (I think from HIS childhood).

    One question…mine fell flat. They taste wonderful, though. Any guesses as to why?

  2. Allie says:

    I made these for my very picky father-in-law for Thanksgiving. I had never made a molasses cookie but they turned out great! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Jamie says:

      So glad to hear you and your father-in-law enjoyed them!

  3. Karla says:

    They look so tasty!! Love them

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks for visiting.


  4. Peggy Ann Schaffran says:

    I made these before and they turned out just like the picture. I made them yesterday and they didn’t turn out as nice. I am thinking I thought I had shortening I was using and it was the buttery shortening. Oh well that is why they are homemade not mass production. :) Merry Christmas Peggy Ann

    1. Jamie says:

      Peggy Ann-
      I’m glad you are enjoying the recipe! Thanks for stopping by.


  5. shirley says:

    still waiting to see if I can freeze the molasses cookies, would be big help with the upcoming holidays. the more we can do ahead of the time the better right .
    thanks, shirley

    1. Jamie says:


      If you freeze the dough balls you can bake them right from their frozen state. Just be aware that will spread and crack less than pictured here I hope this helps.


    2. shirley says:

      Thanks…Merry Christmas, Keep Christ in Christmas!!!!

  6. Edie says:

    Can you use butter instead of shortening? These look very yummy!

    1. Jamie says:

      You can substitute butter. The texture may be slightly different. I hope this helps.


  7. shirley says:

    was wondering if the molasses cookies can be frozen?

    1. Jamie says:

      Hi Shirley,

      I believe they can definitely be frozen. Most cookies are exceptionally adaptable to freezing.

      – Jamie