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Raisin Molasses Sugar Cookie Family Recipe (With Photos)

I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.

Raisin molasses sugar cookies

Raisin molasses sugar cookies

An Old Family Favorite

My mother typed this recipe along with some other family favorites and mailed it to me when I was newly married. I have made these raisin molasses sugar cookies over and over again, and everyone seems to enjoy them. I hope that you do too!

I wish that I could give you one of these cookies to try. Since that is not possible, you will simply have to follow the instructions and photos below and make them for yourself!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups 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
Here I have gathered the ingredients to make these raisin molasses sugar cookies (baking soda not shown).

Here I have gathered the ingredients to make these raisin molasses sugar cookies (baking soda not shown).

Instructions

  1. Cream the shortening and sugar together. This creaming of ingredients can be done with the help of an electric mixer or done by hand.
  2. Add the molasses and egg. Mix until well blended. The batter will become brown in appearance after the molasses is fully incorporated.
  3. 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. Mix the batter well.
  4. Add the raisins and nuts. You might wish to use a wooden spoon for these final additions as the mixture becomes quite thick at this point.
  5. Place granulated sugar in a small 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 rotating 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.
  6. Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. These cookies form a beautiful crackled appearance when baked.
  7. 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 beautiful fragrance that fills the house because of all of the aromatic spices used in this recipe.

This recipe can be a kid-friendly one. Those little hands can help their mom or dad, or whoever 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!

Health Benefits of 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

Health Benefits of 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

Walnuts

Walnuts

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Share Your Thoughts

Please leave a comment below if you like the sound of this recipe or have tried them. Thanks!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

I am guessing that we are of a similar vintage if you well remember white out and old typewriters. Ha! This cookie recipe is good. Hope you give it a try.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 08, 2018:

Hmm yummy. Love the additional typewriter info. Remember white out so well. Thanks too for the info re raisins. Love them and seems quite healthy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 30, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

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

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 28, 2013:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2013:

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. :))

justmesuzanne from Texas on June 17, 2013:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 17, 2013:

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.

justmesuzanne from Texas on June 17, 2013:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 20, 2012:

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.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 20, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2012:

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! :)

Lenzy from Arlington, Texas on March 16, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2012:

Hi Michelle,

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

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on March 13, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2012:

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? :))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2012:

Hello Princesswithapen,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2012:

Hello livingpah2004,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2012:

Hello urmilashukla23,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2012:

Hello bloomsandbugs,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

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

Gustave Kilthau from USA on March 10, 2012:

Emergency Note to Peggy -

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

Gus :-)))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2012:

Hello kevins blog 52,

Hope you like these cookies! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2012:

Hello nina64,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2012:

Hello Jen's Solitude,

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

princesswithapen on March 09, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

Hello chamilj,

Hope you enjoy these cookies. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

Hi John Sarkis,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

Hi Stephanie,

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

Hello My Nurse Says,

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

Gustave Kilthau from USA on March 09, 2012:

Attention Peggy -

Emergency - Two or three pounds needed immediately.

Gus :-)))

Milli from USA on March 09, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on March 09, 2012:

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... ...)

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on March 09, 2012:

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

Congratulations on getting Hub of the Day award!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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.

Anshu from San Francisco, CA on March 09, 2012:

These cookies look deliciuos!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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.

Nina L James from chicago, Illinois on March 09, 2012:

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

Jen's Solitude from Delaware on March 09, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

Hi ishwaryaa22,

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

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on March 09, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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!

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 09, 2012:

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. :)

moonlake from America on March 09, 2012:

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

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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.

kevins blog52 from southern Indiana on March 09, 2012:

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

chamilj from Sri Lanka on March 09, 2012:

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

Natasha from Hawaii on March 09, 2012:

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

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on March 09, 2012:

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

Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 09, 2012:

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! :)

My Nurse Says from Philippines on March 09, 2012:

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

Lenzy from Arlington, Texas on March 09, 2012:

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

susanm23b on March 09, 2012:

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!

kelleyward on March 09, 2012:

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

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on March 09, 2012:

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.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 09, 2012:

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

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on March 09, 2012:

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.

SanneL from Sweden on March 09, 2012:

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. . .

RTalloni on March 09, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2011:

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!

Eiddwen from Wales on November 19, 2011:

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

Take care and enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

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.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on November 17, 2011:

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.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on November 17, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2011:

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!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on November 16, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2011:

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.

Mia Montanna from CA on November 15, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2011:

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.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on November 15, 2011:

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~

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2011:

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.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on November 14, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2011:

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.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on November 14, 2011:

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.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on November 14, 2011:

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

SusieQ42 on November 14, 2011:

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?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2011:

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.

Judi O from Texas on November 14, 2011:

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

North Wind from The World (for now) on November 14, 2011:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 14, 2011:

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.

vasantha T k from Bangalore on November 14, 2011:

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