Chocolate jumbos and warm-all-over molasses memories

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I love a good molasses story. They always involve happy memories of moms and grandmothers and what’s not to love about a story that makes you feel good all over? I bet you have your own molasses memories and may be reading this post will take you back to a warm kitchen.

That’s what this story did for me. It came from Sandy Bowers, a lover of molasses from New York State.

This is what she told me:

  • “When I was a little girl (back in the 1940’s) I used to always look forward to going to my grandmother’s house and help her bake Chocolate Jumbos. I think the recipe has been a family favorite for many years. Grandma would mix and bake the cookies and I would put the frosting on them. Everybody loved Grandma’s Chocolate Jumbos and they are still a favorite in our family today. A good old fashioned recipe and always made with lots of love!! I am so glad they were a hit with your family and friends and that the recipe will be passed on to others. God Bless!”

When Sandy sent me the recipe I made it right off the bat because I can’t resist family favourites. The recipe got me thinking about my grandmother’s soft molasses cookies and how my mom used to make them as jam-filled thumbprint cookies. Since we’re into jam season that’s how I made Sandy’s Chocolate Jumbos (this time). Next time I’ll frost them just as she does.

Chocolate Jumbos

  • 1 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups of flour

Mix together molasses, sugar, shortening, spices & eggs. Then mix in cocoa dissolved in hot water. Fold in baking soda and flour. (Sandy says hand mixing makes a better batter than machine mixing).

Chill mixture until firm.

Turn out onto a lightly-floured surface and roll to ¼” thickness.

Using a donut cutter cut out cookies and bake at 375 F degrees for 9 minutes.

Let cool and then frost them with your favourite vanilla frosting.

16 thoughts on “Chocolate jumbos and warm-all-over molasses memories

  1. Chic says:

    looking forward to trying

  2. Michelle says:

    Why do you use a donut cutter??

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Michelle – A donut cutter was in the original recipe that I received so I kept it in. When I make them I use a good sized round cutter.

    2. Sandy Bowers says:

      > My grandmother used a donut cutter because the cookies are supposed to look like a donut with a hole in the middle. She always said ” don’t eat the hole, it will make you sick!!!

      1. Bridget says:

        That’s hilarious. As a youngster did you believe her?!

        1. Sandy Bowers says:

          > Oh Yes!! I used to nibble all around the hole until there was hardly any cookie left. I’m sure grandma got a little chuckle every time she watched me eat a chocolate jumbo!!

  3. ourwebsite says:

    I love new cookbooks! Would love a chance to be entered into the drawing! Thanks!

    1. Bridget says:

      We’ll put one in the mail today!

  4. Marlene Connors says:

    I received my cook book in the mail. Thank you so much for sending it . I hope to enjoy making some of the recipes now that we are heading into the cooler autumn season.
    Being born in Great Jervis Newfoundland ,I think we put molasses on lots of things,even dumplings out of a jiggs dinner . I would save mine,put molasses on it and eat it as a dessert.Yum,yum
    Thanks for the memories

    1. Bridget says:

      Molasses and dumplings — sounds delicious!

  5. Betty Ann Hebert says:

    Definitely will try these soon. Is it possible to send me the Family Favorites & the Cookies cookbooks please. I tried & tried but could not download them, probably cause I don”t have a lot of experience on computers. thank you. In case you can send me the books my address is
    1797 Lucerne St. Laval, Quebec H7M 2G2

    1. Bridget says:

      Betty Ann, we’d be happy to send you a copy of the Family Favourites book but the Cookies & Bars book is only available as a download.

  6. maggie hanley says:

    Can I get a copy of your cookbook Family Favorites.My family has always cooked with Crosbys Molasses .We love it and would love to have your cookbook.My address is 133 Jack Road ,Pennfield,N.B. E5H1X2.Thank you.

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Maggie,
      We’d be happy to mail you a copy.

  7. Hilda Cusson says:

    Hi: I was unable to download as well and would love a copy of the book. My address is: 345 Airforce Crescent, Miramichi, NB E1N 2M1 My mom used to make huge molasses cookies, just like her mom used to make. I love them! Thank you!

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Hilda, We’d be happy to mail you a copy of our Family Favourites cookbook. (The big molasses cookies have always been my favourite:))

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