Cry Baby Cookies


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp. baking soda in hot water
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup nuts


Mix and cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten egg, molasses, soda and hot water. Add other ingredients in order given; cinnamon, ginger, salt, flour and nuts. Mix well and drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 15 minutes. These cookies can be iced while hot, if you desire.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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Never heard of cry baby cookies? Are they soft or crunchy? What do they taste like?

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October 5, 2009


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lard
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup black coffee
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • one-half tsp. salt
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  • 6 cups flour


Combine and mix. Drop on greased cookie sheet and bake in 350 degrees F oven until done.

By Trudy from Springfield, IL


Cry Baby Cookies

LARD? Do they still make lard? and my gosh, can't something else be used as a substitute, like margarine.I can feel my arteries seizing up as we speak. (08/01/2006)

By Gepe

Cry Baby Cookies

My thoughts exactly- I read all of the recipes we get through this site and, while I am sure they are all delish, it make me wonder if there isn't anyone out there who has a high cholesterol problem like me? (08/02/2006)

By Claudia- MD

Cry Baby Cookies

I read these posts looking for helpful hints, good recipes, product reviews, problem solving ideas and the like. All posts do not impact my life. If it's something I'm not interested in I move on. I do not feel the need to comment on everything I disagree with. It troubles me when someone "attacks" a post. I believe someone may need to do some research on the lard/margerine topic. The medical community has realized that margerine is not good for your health. Very possibly it is worse for you than animal fat products such as lard and butter. Do some research and form your own opinion but please do not ridicule someone else's post! (08/02/2006)

By Grandma Margie

Cry Baby Cookies

I completely agree with Grandma Margie! Take a look at Sally Fallon's " Nourishing Traditions" book and other's of the like. Products we are told that are "healthy" just may not be. Besides, isn't this "thriftyfun"? (08/02/2006)

By Guest

Cry Baby Cookies

This was a family recipe on my father's side, but many of the ingredients listed above are incorrect. It came from Denmark, and this recipe seems to be omitting some very key ingredients and adding some very unnecessary ones. (11/12/2008)

By Kristi

Editor's Note: Kristi, we would love to post your version. Post feedback here or send it in as a new recipe.

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