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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
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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

© 2011 Peggy Woods

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      Peggy Woods 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I just love molasses! So tasty and healthy!

      Interesting side jaunt about typewriters! I also learned on a manual typewriter and used an old fashioned Royal well into the 80s. Have you seen these USB Typewriter keyboards that repurpose vintage typewriters as computer keyboards?

      http://www.usbtypewriter.com/

      Very cool!

      Voted up, awesome and shared!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      If you have never had cookies with molasses as an ingredient, you are in for a treat. These Molasses Sugar Cookies are still my husband's favorite cookies. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've been missing out. Never had cookies made with molasses before. This recipe gives me that chance. Forwarding this to the family cook. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lenzy,

      So nice of you to let me know how much your family liked these raison molasses sugar cookies. Thanks for your comment. Appreciate it! :)

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      I just tried your cookie recipe and it was a hit with my family. Thanks. It has been a long time since I made home-made cookies. Lenzy

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michelle,

      If you ever come to Houston, let me know. I'll send some home with you! :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Peggy this looks really yummy....awaiting for you to cook for me hahahahha

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow Gus! That must be quite the emergency! I notice your request went from a couple of pounds of these raison molasses sugar cookies up to 10 pounds now. Should we figure out how to administer them by IV for quicker assimilation into your body? :))

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Princesswithapen,

      Thanks for the congratulations on receiving Hub of the Day and for your comment. Have you tried making these cookies yet? :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Gus,

      So you need an emergency infusion of 2 or 3 pounds of raison molasses sugar cookies! What is the occasion? Just the munchies? Haha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello livingpah2004,

      Nice to know that you will be trying these good cookies soon. Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DzyMsLizzy,

      How well I remember the mess with carbon papers and the old manual typewriters. Ha! As to raisons being sticky...agreed. Brushing of teeth especially after eating any kind of sweets is probably a good idea. Thanks for the congrats on this cookie hub and also your votes and the share. Appreciate it.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello urmilashukla23,

      Hope you enjoy these cookies when you get around to trying them. Thanks for the bookmark and vote up.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello bloomsandbugs,

      These raison molasses sugar cookies not only look good, they also taste good. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Steph,

      Thanks for the congrats on getting hub of the day. It is taking me a while to get around to responding to the flood of comments, but I appreciate it. Thanks for your additional comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sally's Trove,

      So glad to hear that you liked these step by step photos of making these delicious cookies. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Enjoy these cookies when you decide to bake them and try them. Thanks for your comment.

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Emergency Note to Peggy -

      Send cookies immediately - preferably 5 or 10 pounds or more.

      Gus :-)))

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello PegCole,

      In remembering the old typewriters, remember the carbon paper we had to use for making copies? The correction tape...yes...and also the liquid whiteout. Using a backspace on a keyboard with computer is SO much easier!

      Nice to know that you will be trying these raison molasses sugar cookies. Looking forward to hearing back from you after you taste them. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello kevins blog 52,

      Hope you like these cookies! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello nina64,

      Let me know what you think when you bake these cookies. Am sure that you will like them! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Jen's Solitude,

      Nice to know that you liked this raison molasses sugar cookie recipe. Thanks for your comment.

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      princesswithapen 5 years ago

      As a friendly warning to all sweet tooths, this hub will ignite a massive cookie craving!

      Congratulations for being awarded The Hub of the Day, Peggy. Although you are no stranger to such accolades, surely it brings a smile to the face, just like how your cookies did to mine. Lovely hub.

      Princesswithapen

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello chamilj,

      Hope you enjoy these cookies. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Natashalh,

      Yes, raisons and molasses make for a great combination in this sugar cookie recipe. Hope you let me know how you liked them after you follow the recipe. Thanks.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi John Sarkis,

      Hope that you enjoyed your breakfast. Plenty of time later in the day for cookies like these raison molasses sugar cookies. :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Nice to know that you made these raison molasses sugar cookies and really liked them. Thanks for the feedback.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello My Nurse Says,

      Hope that you try out these molasses sugar cookies recipe soon. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Attention Peggy -

      Emergency - Two or three pounds needed immediately.

      Gus :-)))

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on Hub of the day award! Great recipe and my favorite too. Will sure follow you recipe. Bookmarked and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lenzy,

      You are safe! From what I know, one cannot gain calories by just looking at these cookie photos. Haha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi susanm23b,

      I also remember going from manual typewriters to the electric ones. The amount of pressure on the keys was so different and took some adjustment to learn. Yes...times were surely different.

      Enjoy these molasses sugar cookies and thanks for your comment. Never thought of using them for ice cream sandwiches! Mmmm!

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congratulations on HOTD!! This was a really well-done recipe with step-by-step photos. Your top photo of the plated cookies is absolutely mouth-watering! Good job, by the way with that--monochrome color scheme--not the easiest thing to pull off.

      Ah, yes. The old manual typewriters. I had a portable, and sometimes, I wish I had not given it away. There are some things that can be done, playing-with-the-spacing to make interesting patterns or line breaks that are impossible to do with a word-processing program. And ugh--carbon paper! And if you made an error, you had to insert multiple scraps of paper in behind each carbon to keep the erasure on your original from smudging through the carbons, which then had to each be erased individually! That part, I do not miss.

      Oh, and BTW--as healthy as raisins are, the fact that they are dried not only concentrates their sugar, but makes it sticky--we know raisins are sticky, right? That stickiness will make the sugar adhere to your teeth, so we should remember to brush right after any treat including raisins.... ... ;-)

      Voted up, useful, beautiful, interesting and shared. (Still wanting 'delicious' button... ...)

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      So yummy. Well explained recipe. Definitely bookmarking and voting up!

      Congratulations on getting Hub of the Day award!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello kelleyward,

      Ah yes...those were the days of using typewriters. I took a class in high school which turned out well for typing term papers there and in college. My how times have changed! Thanks for your comment and the congrats.

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      Anshu 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      These cookies look deliciuos!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Thelma,

      That German tradition was carried on in my family and to this day I bake many different kinds of cookies...this molasses sugar cookie being one...at Christmas and give them away as gifts. Thanks for the congratulations and for your comment. Enjoy these when you get around to baking them.

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      nina64 5 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      These cookies look delicious!!!!! What a wonderful hub and recipe. I'm going to try these out.

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      Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware

      Just the title alone has my mouth watering. LOL Congrats on getting the hub of the day, the recipe is great.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      Thanks for the congratulations on getting hub of the day. It was quite a surprise as this hub had been written a while ago. Hope you enjoy these cookies and thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ishwaryaa22,

      Have fun making these molasses sugar cookies with your kids. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hi Peggy, I remember this hub when you first published it! I'm here to leave another comment to say congrats on HOTD. I love the deep flavor molasses adds to homemade cookies. This is a great recipe! All the best, Steph

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      Hope you can find your mixer. If not...it could be made without one...the old fashioned way, with lots of stirring and mixing. Ha! Enjoy these molasses sugar cookies and thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      My mother used to do a lot of typing of letters when she was not busy doing other things in my Dad's Real Estate & home building office. It was always nice to get these letter exchanges from her and this particular one had several tried and true recipes in it that she knew that I would like. For some reason I just kept the entire letter. Thanks for your comment. Hope you like the cookies!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Peggy, these photos are wonderful! I'm loving recipe hubs that walk you through the process via pictures, and this hub is one of the best I've seen. Not to mention how delicious the cookies also sound...I can almost smell them right through the screen! Up, useful, and beautiful. Definitely an excellent pick for Hub of the Day. :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Will bookmark these. They look good. Congrats on hub of the day.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Peggy,

      Your delicious looking picture pulled me into this cookie recipe along with the summary with your teaser about the typewriter. Oh how I remember "flying flags" and "home row" when typing on manual typewriters in high school. And then the transition to the IBM selectric and the white tape correction strips that came in colors for the carbon copies.

      Some of my best recipes are typed on 3 x 5 cards that have yellowed over the years. This recipe will be bookmarked and definitely used by me. Thanks so much for sharing it.

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      kevins blog52 5 years ago from southern Indiana

      Great hub Peggy W. I love cookies.Up and useful.

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Looks delicious. Should try this. Thanks! Voted up!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Raisins and molasses - a combination I've tnever thought about. Can't wait to try them out!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      This happens all of the times Peggy...I'm getting ready to have my cereal for breakfast and see these delicious treats and want them instead!

      Great hub and congrats!

      John

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day! I did make these raisin molasses cookies for my family when you first published this recipe, and the cookies were scrumptious! Hmm...maybe it's time for another batch! :)

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      My Nurse Says 5 years ago from Philippines

      I would really like to try this out... thanks for sharing!

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      They look really good. I think that I could gain about 5 pounds just looking at your cookies. Thank you for the recipe and photos. Lenzy

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      Your cookies look delicious and they are so pretty the way you have them displayed on the glass dish in your first photo :) I definitely plan to try your recipe--maybe turn them into ice cream sandwiches--yummy!

      I remember the days of the typewriter as well. When I was in highschool typing class there was only one electric in the class and the rest were manual. We all took turns on the electric. Wow! Things have changed.

      Enjoyed your hub. Voted up!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Love this idea. Brought back memories of learning to type on a typewriter. looks yummy! congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      I love your cookies Peggy. I wish I can have that now. I usually bake a lot of different kinds of cookies during Christmas time in Germany. It is a German tradition to bake a lot of cookies during advents time. Voted up and congratulation for the hub of the day. Bookmark for later use.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I LOVE homemade cookies! Thank you for sharing your mother's recipe. Your hub and photos are beautiful. Congratulations on HOTD!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hurray! Congrats on the Hub of the day! I like cookies. Your pictures looked inviting indeed! This recipe sure help many to cook yummy and healthy homemade cookies as well as extra kitchen-fun for kids. Well done!

      Thanks for SHARING! Useful & interesting. Voted up.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Congratulations on the "Hub of the Day" Peggy! This hub is totally "mouthwatering" and as brilliant, beautiful and interesting as all the other hubs you have created. Your photos are just amazing! However, they have given me a cookie craving like you won't believe!! I'm off to the store and buy molasses. . .Now if I could only remember where I put my electric mixer. . .

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Oh yes, indeedy, I like the sounds of this molasses cookie recipe--I like it far too well… :)

      It's so neat that you have your mother's original typed letter with the recipe in it. Congrats on a nostalgic Hub of the Day award!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Just read the sweet news of your book going to be published! These raisin molasses sugar cookies are sweet treats...but not as nice to know as your sweet news! Congratulations again! Your weekend is bound to be sweet!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub Peggy and another for me to vote up and bookmark.

      Take care and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Simone,

      I also bake many more cookies than I eat and use them to primarily give away...particularly this time of year. Also not much on desserts. Let me know how this compares to your molasses cookie recipe. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      The other molasses sugar cookie that was inserted into my hub about the ginger plant in our backyard was always my husband's favorite cookie prior to tasting this one with the raisins and walnuts. Now he has 2 favorites! I'll soon end this baking frenzy and start giving the cookies away when I have the right assortment. Our house definitely smells like a bakery these days! Thanks for your comment.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh no... OOOOH NO. You've found one of my major weaknesses, Peggy W! Molasses cookies are some of my favorites! Even though I prefer to BAKE cookies and not EAT them (I'm not big on sweets), I do love me a good molasses cookie. Thanks for the recipe! I'll have to see how it compares to my go-to molasses cookie recipes.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I must be having a cookie craving from looking at all of your cookie recipes this morning! I'll bet my hubby would just love some of these molasses raisin cookies--me too! Enjoyed your step-by-step photos, too.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi thelyricwriter,

      It is good to know that the raisins and walnuts and molasses used in these raisin molasses sugar cookies do have some health benefits as well as making for a good cookie to satisfy a sweet tooth. Thanks for your comment and happy baking!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Up, useful, and awesome Peggy. I love sugar cookies:) Absolutely love them. I haven't ever tried them with raisins and molasses though. I will have too make sure I do now. I never knew there were so many benefits from raisins. Another very informative article Peggy with a sweat side. Well done. Hope all is well my friend. Until next time, take care.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mia Montana,

      Thanks for the extra information regarding the molasses. These raisin molasses sugar cookies do have some health benefits if eaten in reasonable amounts. Thanks for your comment.

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      Mia Montanna 5 years ago from CA

      Not only are they delicious (my Mom used to make them too) but I bet the molasses is full of iron which is great as a supplement for those non-meat-eaters amongst us.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ktrapp,

      Ah yes...aren't computers great! If one makes an error...simply backspace and correct. Going back even further than typewriters...just imagine trying to write a manuscript or a book by hand! All the corrections and re-writes! Lots of paper used! Going back even further...probably much of it done by candlelight.

      Fast forward to today...I'm glad that we have our present conveniences. Ha!

      Thanks for your comment on this raisin molasses sugar cookies hub.

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      More cookies! You can never have enough cookie recipes as far as I'm concerned. The recipes you share all sound delicious, but the recipes intertwined with your family stories bring them to life and make me want to bake them too!

      I remember playing with an old non-electric typewriter and having an electric one to use for high school. What a nightmare! While whiteout works for some mistakes there was never a good way to fix an omitted letter or word. I don't miss those days (or getting up to change the t.v. channel).

      ~voting up and interesting~

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rochelle,

      Nice to think that indulging in these raisin molasses sugar cookies can be adding to one's nutrition. Still need to count the calories however. Too bad calories count! Ha! Actually many of these ingredients are healthy for one when taken into consideration of a total diet plan. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      You can count on a cookie tin filled with these raisin molasses sugar cookies and other assorted ones this year as a gift. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      I used to have a similar recipe-- these sound really tasty. An interesting thing about it, is that many of these ingredients (molasses, the spices, nuts, raisins--) are now considered to be super nutritious. Thanks.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Steph,

      I know you will be pleased when baking these raisin molasses sugar cookies for your cookie exchange. At least it will be easy sharing the recipe with them if they like it! :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SusieQ42,

      Well...that assures that this family recipe is really an old and tried and true one! If you are anywhere in the neighborhood...drop by and I will give you more than one! :)) Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      I admire you for sharing your delicious cookie recipes and the fact that you have your mother's typed letters dated from the 1970's. when she shared her molasses sugar cookie recipe and other wonderful recipes that she wanted you to treasure. Your cookie recipes are the best. I look forward to tasting your delicious cookies for the holiday. Great hub and recipe.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - I am definitely bookmarking this hub. The very first photograph looks absolutely mouthwatering. I love the idea of ginger and cloves in the molasses sugar cookie recipe, too. We'll bake some of these for next week's cookie exchange. Best, Steph

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      I have this very recipe! My 93 year old mother in law gave it to me over 20 years ago and the cookies are delicious. Thanks for sharing, and yes, please may I have a cookie? Just one?

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      You guessed it...I am in the midst of my cookie making. Expect a tin this year as a gift for the loan of that terrific slide and negative developer. Made 2 different batches of cookies just today. These raisin molasses sugar cookies are really good if you do some baking of your own. As to the electric typewriters...have you ever sold anything on Ebay? People still purchase them! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi North Wind,

      I think that you will enjoy these raisin molasses sugar cookies. As to the typed letters, I agree that they are more impersonal than hand written ones...but still nice to have when they come from family or friends. Emails...another story. Unless printed out...most of those disappear after being read unless saved. But since we are inundated with emails on a daily basis (at least I am) few tend to get saved...so little to treasure later as time passes. Thanks for your comment.

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      Judi O 5 years ago from Texas

      Just in time for Christmas cookie sharing. Thanks, Peggy. P.S. I have TWO IBM selectric typewriters for sale...with extra fonts.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      I know I am becoming repetitive on all these recipe hubs .....but I am going to try this! Ha! I love cookies and have been dying to try a recipe with molasses. I trust your judgment when it comes to cookies so I think that these will be great!

      On another note, I too, have saved typed recipes and letters from my grandmother :) They bring back lovely memories and seem warmer somehow. It is funny though because back then if she typed something she would say that a typed letter always is more impersonal than a written one. Her written notes are even dearer to me. Now I know just what she would think of e-mail.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vasantha T k,

      This is the time of year that I really gear up and make loads of homemade cookies to be given away as Christmas gifts. I find pretty cookie tins (generally purchase them a year in advance after Christmas when they are on sale) and then when all the various kinds are baked in advance...and many of them can be frozen ahead of time...I then put the assortments together. It turns out to be pretty and everyone seems to love them.

      Dating myself with those typewriter memories! Ha! I surely appreciate the ease of computers today.

      Thanks for being the first to comment on this raisin molasses sugar cookies hub.

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      vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Dear Peggy you are a fantastic cookies cook.I learn't typing after my college. It helped me a great deal when I starting learning computer, in alignment, speed and formatting. Nice you touched upon typewriter. Good luck