Robert E. Lee Cookies

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 10m
Ready In

"This recipe came from Stratford Hall, Virginia. It is said to be a favorite cookie of the Lee family, especially young Robert E. Lee. The cookies are baked at the Lee Plantation and served to visitors, along with warm cider. This is alot of cookies could cut down or freeze some dough for later ."

Original is 120 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (13.3 g)
  • Calories 55.6
  • Total Fat - 2.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 9.6 mg
  • Sodium - 64.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.1 g
  • Sugars - 4.8 g
  • Protein - 0.6 g
  • Calcium - 5.3 mg
  • Iron - 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2

Melt butter and add molasses, sugar and eggs. Beat well.

Step 3

Sift together the flour, soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, then add to the butter/molasses mixture.

Step 4

Refrigerate the dough for several hours.

Step 5

Break off pieces of the dough (heaping teaspoon sized) and roll into small balls.

Step 6

Roll the balls in sugar.

Step 7

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 1/2-inches apart.

Step 8

Bake until firm and brown, about 8-10 minutes.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


Wow! These are great! If you are a fan of thin and crispy cookies, these are right up your alley. These are like a ginger snap, but with a molasses flavor. Yummy! Paper thin. I don't know how many it makes yet. I have made approximately 7 dozen so far last night. I think I may be almost half way done. It makes a huge amount; I made the heaping teaspoon like the recipe stated. I made sure my pan was cold so the cookies wouldn't spread. This is how they are supposed to be. ( ◜‿◝ )♡


(30 Dec 2020)

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