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Pubnico molasses cookies

A soft, chewy, warmly spiced cookie that is a feature of Acadian cooking from the Maritimes region. 



  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Cream sugar and butter, until pale and fluffy. 
  2. Add the fancy molasses, and egg, and beat until well combined. 
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and salt. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in three stages, alternately with milk. 
  5. Bring the dough together into a ball. Transfer to a bowl, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into two, flatten it into disk shapes, one-inch thickness, wrap it in plastic, and refrigerate for at least three hours, or overnight. 
  6. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350° F. 
  7. Remove one disk of dough from the fridge and let rest for 10 minutes while you lightly flour a counter and line two cookie trays with baking parchment. 
  8. Roll the cookie dough to a quarter inch thick (these cookies are not thin). 
  9. Using a round cookie cutter (two to two and a half inches), cut into individual cookies and transfer to your prepared cookie trays, spacing one and a half inches apart. 
  10. Bake for 12 minutes, once baked remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack. Serve and enjoy! 

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