Molasses Crinkles

Thick, chewy cookies with crackled sugary tops. Perfect for an after-school snack with cold milk.


  • 3/4cup shortening
  • 1cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4cup mild-flavor molasses or full-flavor molasses
  • 1egg2
  • 1/4cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 2teaspoons baking soda
  • 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4teaspoon saltGranulated sugar


  • 1Mix shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg thoroughly in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • 2Heat oven to 375°F. Grease cookie sheet. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip tops in granulated sugar. Place balls, sugared sides up, 3 inches apart on cookie sheet. Sprinkle each with 2 or 3 drops of water.
  • 3Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until set but not hard. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.