Jumbo Molasses Cookies

I love these cookies so much;  both my mom and grandma always referred to them as "Joe Froggers."  The original recipe here makes 3 1/2 dozen ENORMOUS cookies, but I found out the hard way that the full recipe will NOT fit in a standard KitchenAid mixer!  So, that having been said, I usually halve/half the recipe, make normal-sized cookies, reduce the baking time to 9-11 minutes, and end up with about 4 dozen.  Enjoy!

3 c. butter-flavored shortening (I just use regular Crisco)
4 c. sugar
1 c. molasses
4 eggs
8 c. all-purpose flour
2 Tbl. plus 2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground ginger
Additional sugar

In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar.  Add molasses and eggs;  mix well.  Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and ginger;  gradually add to creamed mixture.  Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.  Shape 1/4 cupfuls of dough into balls;  roll in sugar.  Place four cookies on a greased baking sheet at a time.*  Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until edges are set.  Remove to wire racks to cool.

*Does anyone grease baking sheets anymore?  I have a couple of non-stick ones, and on my half-sheet pans I either use parchment paper or my Silpat mats, so I never follow this direction in a recipe.  Am I alone?


  1. I do. I have big aluminum pans and I just use good old fashioned vegetable shorting on them (not even Pam usually). I would love to have a couple of Silpat mats but I guess I've always just thought that was a luxury that I can't afford.:) I should look again. Maybe they aren't as expensive as they once were.

  2. Yeah, I'm one of those girls who actually requests appliances/kitchen stuff for birthdays and holidays, so that's how they've been added to my collection. :)