Another 1784 recipe: Colonial Day Molasses Cookies – great for Fall! (2024)

by Tracy Zdelar | Mar 18, 2012 | Homeschooling, Recipes | 22 comments

Here’s a REALLY yummy cookie that your child can help you make and know what’s really cool about it? It’s from a 1784 Colonial American recipe book.

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On our visit to this museum in southern Ohio I was given copies of a few different recipes to take home and try. I’ll link to those other recipes below.

If you homeschool your children baking these cookies could be a great accompaniment to a unit study or lesson about the early American colonies! You could even make this your science or home-ec project for the day.

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Oh, my goodness- these are delish! I would rank them higher on the yummy scale over the Applejacks (link below) and those were good too.

**You’ll see the recipe calls for butter. Well, I ran out of butter so I substituted the rest with Coconut Oil. I also substituted the Allspice with Pumpkin Pie Spice (find some here), I couldn’t find any Allspice in my cupboard.

These do not take long to make. I even started with cold butter, yes, for some reason I thought I didn’t need it to be room-temp so my wet mixture was lumpy and piece-y. That did not hurt anything as far as I could tell. My dough was perfect for rolling into balls, roll the balls in the sugar and place on your pan or stoneware.

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1784: Colonial Day Molasses Cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp.ground cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice

1/2 cup sugar for rolling

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, beat butter, egg and molasses together.
  • In separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon , ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.
  • Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and beat till smooth and well combined. Form dough into 1-inch balls (about size of a walnut). Roll in granulated sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes or till done. Cool on wire racks. I used a stoneware baking pan like these. I really recommend stoneware.

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Mmm-mmmmmm 😉 They were nice and soft but after a day or so in a plastic container they started getting hard so if you want to keep them soft I’d recommend putting a piece of bread in there. That usually works for me.

If you make any of the 1784 Colonial American cookie recipes I’ve shared please come back and leave me a comment here at the blog. I’d love to hear! You can find some Colonial American books to use in your homeschooling here.

The other 1784 Cookie Recipes:

  • Applejacks
  • Pine Tree Shillings (I haven’t made these yet)

30 Fun Things to do this Fall – free printable for your fridge or bulletin board! You can cross items off this bucket-list as you do them or laminate the page and save for next year.

11 Delicious Recipes for Fall!

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  1. Another 1784 recipe: Colonial Day Molasses Cookies – great for Fall! (6)

    gwynnfeodreon February 3, 2019 at 8:54 am

    baking soda and baking powder were not available in this time period and the spices would have been expensive. not for your average working class person.

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    Tracy Zdelaron January 21, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Sheila, I don’t have the original. The museum ladies were handing out copies. Thanks!

  3. Another 1784 recipe: Colonial Day Molasses Cookies – great for Fall! (8)

    Sheila Loftuson January 21, 2019 at 8:44 am

    I would love to see the recipe as it was originally written. Thank you!

  4. Another 1784 recipe: Colonial Day Molasses Cookies – great for Fall! (9)

    Tracy Zdelaron December 27, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks great to hear, thanks for sharing, Linda! I made these for Christmas this year, too! YUM!

  5. Another 1784 recipe: Colonial Day Molasses Cookies – great for Fall! (10)

    Lindaon December 16, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    I teach 5th grade American history, and as part of our English colonial studies, the children could prepare and share colonial foods. One of the students made these, and what a hit! They were delicious!!! I am preparing them myself to share with the teachers at my school.

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    Tracy Zdelaron February 8, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Glad to hear, Lisa, thanks for letting me know!

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    Lisa D.on February 8, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Made these for my daughter’s school project. Delish! ! ! ! I’m not a fan of most spice cookies but these really work.

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