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Raisin Molasses Sugar Cookies ~ Family Recipe with Photos and Instructions

Updated on January 19, 2017
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I grew up watching & later helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Some family favorites here..

Raisin Molasses Sugar Cookies

Raisin Molasses Sugar Cookies
Raisin Molasses Sugar Cookies | Source

Popular cookie cookbook...

Sugar cookies


I think that most everyone has probably grown up eating sugar cookies somewhere along the way. They call for simple ingredients that most households have in their pantries and can be whipped up quite easily.

To make them even fancier, these sweet delights can be adorned with colored sugars or other decorations and many children would probably choose them as one of their favorite cookies.

After my husband and I got married my mother sent me some tried and true recipes that had been in our family, some of which I had requested...and others that she thought I might like...and molasses sugar cookies were one of the recipes that she typed out for me.

This became one of my husband's favorite cookies over the years and I have already shared that recipe in the post I wrote about the ginger plant in our backyard...since ginger was one of the ingredients.

The recipe that I will share regarding these delicious raisin molasses sugar cookies that also came from my mother's file of recipes is even better because of the addition of the healthy raisins and chopped walnuts.

If you are interested in this cookie recipe...continue reading!

Old typewriters and how this recipe came to me...

The Old Typewriter

Typewriters

Remember the old days when people used typewriters? I took typing as an elective in high school and it served me well at that time and also in college when typing out assignments.

The jump from the old manual kind of typewriter to the electric ones was amazing! Such an advance in technology! I remember having to learn how to barely touch the keys as compared to using the older manual kinds where one applied more pressure on each individual key or one would have a series of the same letter typed onto the paper by mistake.

Of course one had to insert paper and roll it to the right position before beginning to type. And then if one wanted more than one copy one would insert carbon paper between the two sheets of paper.

Liquid white out was brushed onto letters that one might have typed by mistake although it was always still slightly discernible and if it was a professional letter or paper...it would most often have to be retyped instead of sent that way. There were no backspaces as we have on computer keyboards today.

Ribbons containing the ink would eventually have to be replaced as the keys striking them over and over again used up the ink and letters would become fainter and less readable.

Ah...the good old days!

My mother often typed letters to me as she worked alongside with my Dad in his Real Estate office in McAllen, Texas. They did property management among other things and when the times of the month were less hectic, that old typewriter got quite a workout.

I still have that typed letter from 1970 when she sent me that first molasses sugar cookie recipe plus other recipes that she thought that I would like.

Raisin Molasses Sugar Cookie Recipe

Ingredients for these cookies

Gathering the ingredients together to make these raisin molasses sugar cookies.  Baking soda not shown.
Gathering the ingredients together to make these raisin molasses sugar cookies. Baking soda not shown. | Source

Cookie ingredients


Here are the cookie ingredients for this delicious raisin molasses sugar cookies:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • Extra granulated sugar to roll the cookies in before baking

Preparing to cream the shortening and sugar.
Preparing to cream the shortening and sugar. | Source

How to make these homemade cookies:


The first thing to do is to cream the shortening and sugar together.

This can be done with the help of an electric mixer or done by hand.

Just be sure that they are well blended.


After creaming the shortening and sugar together...adding the molasses and egg to be beaten together.
After creaming the shortening and sugar together...adding the molasses and egg to be beaten together. | Source
This is what the cookie batter looks like after the addition of the molasses and egg being blended into it.
This is what the cookie batter looks like after the addition of the molasses and egg being blended into it. | Source

Next add the molasses and egg.


Mix until well blended.


The batter will become brown in appearance after the molasses is fully incorporated as shown in the photo below.

Next step is to add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt.

Although the recipe did not call for it, I generally sift all of these dry ingredients together in another bowl and then add them gradually to the batter blending well after each addition.

Adding the dry ingredients composed of flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt.
Adding the dry ingredients composed of flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt. | Source
Mixing in the raisons and chopped walnuts...
Mixing in the raisons and chopped walnuts... | Source

After the batter is well mixed, finally add the raisins and nuts.


You might wish to use a wooden spoon for these final additions as the batter becomes quite thick at this point.

Raisins
Raisins | Source

Some Benefits of Consuming Raisins

Low in saturated fat
Benefits heart health
Contains no cholesterol
Benefits heart health
High fiber content
Benefits colon health
Contains antioxidants
Helps protect cells / Anti-aging effect
High in healthy carbs
Provides quick energy
Reasonably low in calories
50 raisins only 78 calories
Contains small amount of vitamins
Benefits overall health
Contains minerals
Benefits overall health

Raisins

Raisins
Raisins | Source
Forming the batter into 1 inch balls and rolling them in granulated sugar.
Forming the batter into 1 inch balls and rolling them in granulated sugar. | Source
Baked raisin molasses sugar cookies still on greased cookie sheet.
Baked raisin molasses sugar cookies still on greased cookie sheet. | Source

In this next step...this is where you need the additional granulated sugar.


Place sugar in a dish.


Take bits of the dough and use your hands to roll into ball shapes approximately one inch in diameter.


Place into the sugar and coat the balls with sugar by rolling them and then place onto greased cookie sheets spacing the cookie balls about two inches apart leaving room for them to flatten and expand as they bake.

Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for eight to ten minutes or until golden brown.


The raisin molasses sugar cookies form a nice crackled appearance when baked.

Cool on wire racks before packaging up to keep or give away as gifts.

These cookies freeze well.

A side benefit to baking these delicious homemade cookies is the wonderful fragrance that fills the house because of all of the aromatic spices used in this recipe.

This can be a kid friendly recipe. Those little hands can help their mom or dad or whomever is the baker in the family by rolling those balls in the sugar and placing them on the baking sheet. Watch their eyes fasten on to those baked cookies when they come out of the oven knowing that they played a part in their preparation!

Some benefits of consuming walnuts

Good source of Omega-3
Benefits heart health
Good source of fiber
Benefits colon health
Helps reduce metabolic syndrome
Aids in reducing adult onset diabetes
Rich souce of protein
Good for overall health
High in antioxidants
Helps protect cells / Anti-aging effect
14 walnut halves = 185 calories
Can be part of a healthy diet
Cooling these raisin molasses sugar cookies on wire racks prior to packaging them up.
Cooling these raisin molasses sugar cookies on wire racks prior to packaging them up. | Source

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Wish I could give a sample raisin molasses sugar cookie to each of you readers of this post. Since that is not possible, you will simply have to follow the instructions with accompanying photos of this family recipe and make them for yourself.

Bon appetit! Please leave a comment below if you like the sound of this recipe.

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5 stars from 3 ratings of Raisin Molasses Sugar Cookies

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Hope you give this recipe a try. Am sure you will like it. Thanks for the 5 star rating, votes and shares.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very healthy cookie recipe. Interesting reading about this family recipe, Peggy.

      Voted up, useful, interested. Pinned, shared on fb and HP and tweeted. Rated 5 stars.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      That is interesting. I guess it all depends upon the type of keyboard one has. I am looking at ours and it is a battery operated one called Logitech. It was the mouse that I had trouble controlling when we first learned how to use a home computer. :))

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Sure, yeah I did not have as much trouble adjusting to electric typewriters as I did to computer keyboards. With electric typewriters, you still type with your fingertips and strike each key firmly (but quickly). With most computer keyboards, it is best to use the pad of your finger rather than the fingertip and barely touch the key. Actually, I purchased a Dell keyboard that is well known for having action similar to an electric typewriter keyboard. It has raised, distinct keys and definite, slight resistance. I really cannot type accurately on a keyboard that has no definition!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      No, I have not seen those keyboards. Interesting! I remember when we went from the manual typewriters to electric...that was an adjustment because it took such a light touch in comparison and it was so easy to have multiple letters when only one was intended to be typed. Ha! Guess there is no disguising our ages! :)) Thanks for your comment and the rest.

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