Molasses Cookies with Vanilla Icing

It’s Christmas time and it’s Callen’s 2nd Christmas but his first fun Christmas. He was only 4 month old last year and I am looking forward to opening presents with him this year.

We wanted to start Christmas traditions and I thought decorating a gingerbread house would be fun. Not that he could do anything, just thought he might like to watch or help some how. Well, he didn’t seem too interested in it. He wanted to eat the icing and then he was done. I made these cookies right after we made the gingerbread house. I could smell the cinnamon and ginger from the house we decorated and it made me really want these cookies.

Molasses Cookies with Vanilla Icing

These are so so good. Soft and chewy and the icing just makes it even better. My first batch I tried without the icing but it needed a little icing to top it off and it does. The icing really does make the cookie better.

I sent some home with my mom and my dad sent me a text asking me to make more for when I came home for Christmas. I saved some of the batter so I can bake the rest when we go to their house next week. You’re welcome dad.

Molasses Cookies with Vanilla Icing

We took Callen’s Christmas picture a little early. I love my little man. He has grown so fast. I can’t believe how big he is already. What makes this picture even more special, is that he’s sitting im my old rocking chair. It’s perfect for him, just the right size.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas from our house to yours! Hope your Christmas is filled with joy of family all around.



Molasses Cookies with Vanilla Icing

Makes: 2 dozen  Time: prep 15 minutes; chill 3 hour or overnight; bake 8-10


1 1/2 cup shortening

2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup molasses

2 eggs

4 cup all-purpose flour

4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 ground cloves

3/4 ground ginger

1 tsp salt


3 – 4 tablespoons milk

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Melt the shortening in a small sauce pan on the stove and cool.
  • While shortening is melting and cooling, in a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together.
  • Transfer melted shortening to mixer.
  • Temper the eggs by adding a tablespoon of shortening to eggs and mix before adding to the bowl.
  • Add sugar, eggs, and molasses, beat well.
  • Add to the dry ingredients slowly to shortening mixture.
  • Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.
  • Form into 1 inch balls. Place on cookie sheet with cookie mat or parchment paper 2 inches apart.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
  • Let cool completely in a single layer.
  • Mix all ingredients for icing.
  • Add more milk or sugar to thicken or thin. You want it to be a little thick, not a glaze.
  • Pour into a zip top bag and cut corner off to pipe onto cooled cookies.
  • Store in an air-tight container.

Recipe Adapted from KitchMe

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