Molasses Drop Cookies

This recipe is from a neighbor we had when I was a little boy in Milnesville, Pa. This was a small mining town just north of Hazelton, Pa. Ada & Charlie Goodwin lived in the left side of the double house on the north side of then road.  


  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup baking molasses
  • 1 tsp cinammon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp baking soda in 1 cu boiling water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 5 cups flour or more if needed


  1. Drop by tsp on greased cookie sheet
  2. Sprinkle with sugar

These are all the directions on the recipe.  No time or temperature. I would suspect that the oven temperature was 350 degrees. Baking time varies depending on the size of the cookies. As with all dark cookies, they are a bugger to determine when they are done.

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