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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!


  • 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
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  • 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).


  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



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



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© 2011 Peggy Woods

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