Pumpkin-Molasses Cookies

Pumpkin-Molasses Cookies

This pumpkin-molasses cookie is the perfect hybrid of several traditional holiday season flavors and instantly became a family favorite! This recipe combines gingerbread, spice cake, and sugar cookie flavors into one mouthwatering, chewy cookie that will please everyone!
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  • Serves: 36 persons



  1. Step 1

    Slowly melt shortening in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Step 2

    Combine cooled shortening with brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, molasses, and egg; mix well.
  3. Step 3

    Mix flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and salt in a separate bowl until well blended. Add to the moist ingredients and use your hands to gently push the mixture together, similar to kneading. Dough will be quite crumbly; do not add any liquids. Place in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 baking sheets with butter. Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a small, shallow bowl.
  5. Step 5

    Work about 1 tablespoon chilled dough at a time and roll into a ball. Lightly roll balls into sugar to coat and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Step 6

    Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 9 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.