Long Johns (Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies)

A variety of spices highlight this cookie.


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
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Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.

Cream together the shortening, butter and sugar until light. 

Blend in the molasses and egg. 

Dissolve the baking soda in 3/4 cup boiling water and add to the mixture; add the vanilla. 

Sift together the dry ingredients and add gradually, mixing well to make a soft dough.


Roll out to 1/2″ thickness. A little more flour may be added, but just enough to make the dough easy to handle. 

Cut the cookies and place on greased cookie sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. 

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