Gingerbread. That's how molasses cookies began. By the late 1800s, this cookie was called a chewy ginger cookie. While gingerbread is typically crispy, the molasses cookie is always soft and chewy.
In my novel Molasses Cookies by Minnie, the men
settling Norman, Oklahoma are quite taken by the flavor of Minnie's cookies. Interestingly, the cookie would have been new to them. Most would never have tasted soft and chewy gingerbread.
You'll find my molasses cookies recipe at the end of my new book. It was given by a pastor's wife to a dear older friend of mine when she was young. That friend passed it on to me when I was young. Over the last twenty years, I've made it at Christmas for my children. The spices are a perfect compliment to the holiday.