Healthy after school snacks -Earthquake Cookies

Jul 20, 2020

Growing up, we called these Molasses Crinkles “Earthquake Cookies” because of the “quakes” on the surface. I can vividly recall my sister Cynthia making them after school.  They’re fast, simple, full of earthy flavors, travel well for school lunch or picnic and make enough to last the week.


Earthquake Cookies (Molasses Crinkles) 
Makes about 4 dozen


1/2 cup shortening
¼ cup butter
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2  teaspoon cloves
½ cup allspice
1 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 ¼ cup flour


  1. Mix thoroughly shortening, butter and brown sugar.
  2. Add egg and molasses, beating until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the combined dry ingredients, about 1 cup at a time.
  4. Chill dough so it is a bit easier to work with.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°.
  6. Form dough into small balls, about a tablespoon of dough.
  7. Roll in white sugar.
  8. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes.
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