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Aunt Verna's Molasses Crinkles

Verna Shoemaker/Andrea Springer
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Cookies
Servings 36 cookies


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar brown or white
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves I sometimes substitute ground cardamom here
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup candied ginger bits optional


  • Mix together thoroughly butter, sugar, egg, and molasses.
  • Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the creamed butter mixture. Add the candied ginger bits.
  • Chill dough.
  • Roll into balls and dip the tops in sugar (I like to use turandabo sugar – it gives the cookie a lovely crunch). Place sugar side up and three inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle each cookie with two or three drops of water to produce a crackled surface on the cookie (this is optional).
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until set but not hard.