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Long Johns (Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies)

Long Johns (Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies)


  • 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


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.