Moosehunter Cookies – Canadian Chocolate Molasses Cookies

I went on a hunt for Canadian treats to eat while we watch the Olympics and found these yummy cookies.  The recipe comes from Mennonite Girls Can Cook.  I’d never visited that blog before, but they have lots of yummy recipes over there.

The cookies are soft and cake-like.  The combination of molasses and chocolate is very good, especially with the white icing on top.

Here’s what you’ll need.  The only change I made to the recipe was using real butter instead of shortening.

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs. cocoa
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt

For the vanilla icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbs. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3-4 Tbs. milk

Cream the butter, sugar, and molasses together.  Add the vanilla and egg.  Mix well.  Add in the milk, mixing well.

In another bowl, stir together the dry ingredients until well blended.  Add them to the wet ingredients in the mixer bowl and mix until well combined.

Drop by teaspoons onto a baking stone or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

For the icing, mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.  Add milk gradually until it is spreading consistency.  Ice the cooled cookies.

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  1. Hmmm…I’m Canadian and I’ve never heard of anything even close to this. Sounds tasty though!

    • Darryn, my source on the Canadian cookies was wikipedia – so maybe not completely accurate :-). Moosehunters were listed in with lots of other snacks and they said they were from Western Canada, British Columbia area. Then I googled for a recipe. Any other Canadians ever heard of these?

  2. I had not heard of this either. A much more common (and also yummy) Canadian treat is butter tarts. Here is a link to a recipe in case you are interested.

  3. The link did not show up. I will try again.
    http://www.donogh.com/cooking/comfortd/tarts.shtml

  4. Any dessert with the word “moose” in it works for me! I don’t know why.

  5. I got a new to me oven a few weeks ago after almost a year without one and I have been on a cookie making binge. these sound great and will show up on my cookie platter for dessert one night this week or next I’m !! Thanks for sharing your recipe find…..Julie

  6. I’m Canadian and these are news to me. I’d heard of Bear turds though, the no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies that look like, well, bear turds. Yum! Also, butter tarts rock, eh!

  7. Hi Tiffany,

    I’m not trying to be a nitpick, but I just mixed the cookies and noticed that you forgot to mention when to mix in the dry ingredients. Not confusing to me, but it might be confusing to novice bakers. I haven’t baked them yet, but the dough is AWESOME! :o)

    • Judith, thanks for catching that for me. I fixed it. You guys have to keep me in check – I forget important instructions like this from time to time. I try not to do it to you to often though! Well, really I try not to do it at all, but things slip through my “swiss cheese” brain sometimes ;-)

  8. Melba Toast says:

    I am making these now and judging by the consistency and the way they are slightly puffed up, I am guessing these are going to be similar to Whoopie Pies sans the cream filling.. But that gets me thinking…
    :-P~

    Anyway, the batter is delicious. My daughter keeps coming in the kitchen from her “nap” and bargaining with me for another spoon lick. lol

  9. how many cookies does this make ?

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