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Aunt Flo’s Molasses Cookies

Makes 36

Because they have no additional sugar, Rawlings considered her Aunt Flo’s cookies eminently suitable for feeding hungry children between meals. A cross between a cake and a cookie, these soft morsels are delicious with a cup of tea or coffee.


  • Molasses 1 cup
  • Shortening 1 cup
  • Egg 1 large
  • Powdered Ginger 1 Tbs
  • Cinnamon 1 tsp
  • All-Purpose Flour 2 cups
  • Baking Soda 1 tsp
  • Boiling Water ½ cup

Cook It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
  2. Beat together the molasses and shortening until well combined. Add the egg and beat again to combine.
  3. Add the ginger, cinnamon, flour and baking soda dissolved in the boiling water. Stir to combine well but do not overmix.
  4. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto two greased cookie sheets, leaving room for the cookies to spread.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack.

Recipe adapted from Cross Creek Cookery by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.  C. Scribner’s Sons 1942.