Rosemary Allen Simmons’s Molasses Cookies

2012 Baking Court of Honor Recipe.

The Baking Department is pleased to honor Rosemary Allen Simmons of Windham, Maine, formerly of Middlefield, CT. As a young girl Rosemary entered several categories but her favorite was her grandmother Allen’s molasses cookies. In 1978 she earned a first place ribbon and Best of Show for them. She continued to enjoy baking during her adult life. Members of the Allen family have agreed to participate in the judging in conjunction with committee members. Help us honor Rosemary’s memory by entering the prize winning recipe below.

Gram Allen’s Soft Molasses Cookies

Danish Kransekage is assembled of rings in graduating size and placed one atop the other to form a cone-shaped marzipan confection.  This traditional Scandinavian “wedding cake” is actually more cookie or candy than cake and is oftentimes decorated with little flags or the rings placed over a bottle of wine.  I purchased kransekage forms to prepare this cake and I adapted my recipe for kransekage from the recipe included with the forms. 


1   egg
4 tsp. soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour milk
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 cup lard or shortening
1 cup molasses
4 – 5 cup flour


  1. Mix together all ingredients, add flour to make dough very stiff (4 – 5 cups).
  2. Roll out quite thick and cut with large cookie cutter.
  3. Bake in hot oven and put away warm.