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  • Writer's pictureKathryn Bechen

Grandma's Christmas Cookies & Coffee Time

Updated: Jan 26

Molasses cookie recipe
My Grandma's vintage molasses cookie recipe

When we visited my Grandma at her cozy little farmhouse located on a picturesque river when I was growing up, at Christmas she greeted us with the yummiest homemade molasses cookies, usually warm right out of the oven. This prompted me to go to my cookbook binder this year to find her vintage recipe to share with you. Since I turned 63 this year, this recipe is at least 55 years old.

I hope you enjoy it!

My Grandma's Molasses Cookies

(I have "healthified" her vintage recipe a bit for modern times.)

2 c. flour (I use gluten-free)

1 t. soda

3/4 t. salt

1/2 t. cloves

1/2 t. ginger

1/2 t. cinnamon

1 c. sugar (I use coconut sugar)

3/4 c. shortening (I use coconut oil)

1 egg (I make a "faux flax egg" since I don't eat eggs now)

1/4 c. molasses

3/4 c. oatmeal (I use gluten-free)


Cream coconut oil and sugar in a bowl. Add faux egg and molasses, then all dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Roll in balls with your oiled hands and press down with a sugared glass bottom. Put about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet and bake at 375 'til done.

I'd be willing to bet these are the best molasses cookies you've ever eaten! :)

I don't personally make cookies very often at home anymore, but when I do, I love to have a cup of hot at-home coffee with them and here's how I do that ...

Kathryn Bechen coffee at home
My at-home coffee fun

Add some cinnamon sticks!

My favorite coffee drink at home is to make hot coffee however you already make it and add cinnamon sticks to the coffee maker basket while the coffee is brewing. When it's brewed, into the cup it goes and I like light coconut milk for "creamer" and a spoonful of honey vs. sugar. Stir it up and there you go!

We have personally gone back to ground coffee and a simple little dollarwise coffeemaker and are very happy we did. (Putting plastic pods in our landfills bothers me, plus they are expensive.) This coffee and this coffee are both Steve's and my favorites. They taste great and the price is great for organic coffee. (I've scouted that topic out online many places!) We use the Pacific as the main coffee and just add in a few spoonfuls of the Seattle's to the whole Pacific bag and shake or stir it up right in the bag. That gives it a bit more robust flavor, but not too much.

Kathryn Bechen coffee bar at home
Kathryn Bechen at-home coffee bar

It's so much fun to have your own coffee bar at home, especially now with Covid. We bought ours last year at Wayfair and they don't have our style anymore but here's a similar style that would work. It's fun to hang a cute coffee sign with it too and that would make a great Christmas gift for the coffee lover in your life. As a lifelong quote collector, this coffee sign made me laugh! These mugs would be a fun Christmas gift too.

Merry merry molasses cookies and yummy at-home coffee!


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