A large, blue dinner sized plate filled with sugar coated ginger cookies. Two hands holding the plate in the picture frame.

High Altitude Molasses Cookies


My favorite holiday cookie and the recipe my mom has been baking since I was a little girl!


  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • coarse sugar to roll cookies in or extra granulated sugar will do


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, salt and baking soda; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat oil, sugar, molasses and eggs.
  4. Stir in flour mixture and mix well.
  5. Shape dough into balls and roll into sugar.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes taking care not to over bake.


These cookies have been adjusted for high altitude. If you don’t need to adjust, increase baking soda to 4 teaspoons and the sugar to 2 full cups.