Tasting the Past – Flora’s Chocolate Molasses Cookies

Voilà! Flora's molasses chocolate cookies.

Voilà! Flora’s molasses chocolate cookies.

Searching the battered blue notebook for a dessert last to bring over at friends proved to be quite intriguing. Flipping through the pages, I stumbled upon four variations of a molasses cookie. I opted for the one that contained chocolate.

This would prove to be quite the kitchen experiment: only the ingredients were listed. There was no method… none whatsoever. I would have to wing it, conduct a bit of research, tweak the recipe if need be.

First thing was to determine at what temperature the oven should be. After consulting variations on a theme, I determined that the cookies should bake for about 12 minutes at 375 ° F (190 ° C).

Handwritten recipe in notebook

Found in the battered blue book: handwritten recipe of Flora’s molasses chocolate cookies


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of molasses
  • 1 cup of shortening or butter
  • ½ tsp. of ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup of cocoa
  • ½ cup of hot water to mix to the cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. of baking soda dissolved
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups of flour
  • *flour to thicken (I added about an extra cup of flour to the batter)
Chocolate molasses cookie batter and recipe notebook.

Chocolate molasses cookie batter


  • Preheat oven at 375 ° F (190 ° C).
  • In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients (flour, cloves, cinnamon)
  • In a large bowl, mix the shortening with sugar. Add molasses and eggs.
  • Mix the cocoa and hot water together, and then mix in to bowl.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ones.
  • Depending on the consistency of the batter, you might want to add some more flour. Mine was quite liquid so I added the equivalent of about 1 cup or so.
  • Spoon cookies on bake sheet covered with parchment paper
  • Bake at 375 ° F (190 ° C) for about 12 minutes.
  • Yields about 36 cookies


The cookies turned out great! They weren’t overly sweet and had a nice fluffy, chewy texture, a similar texture to Ann’s Sour Cream Date Dreams cookies. They proved to be perfect for vanilla ice cream sandwiches! The only thing I’d perhaps add is a touch of ginger to the batter to give it even more of a gingerbread flavour.


3 thoughts on “Tasting the Past – Flora’s Chocolate Molasses Cookies

  1. Yum, love the idea of a chewy ginger and chocolate biscuit. Good work on interpreting the cookbook too, I have a few of those at my own doing, but also from inherited recipes.

    • Thanks for the well wishes! Inherited recipes are the best. There is something special and very personal about family food traditions. It’s a pleasure to share. Just followed your blog. Looking forward to explore as time goes by!


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