Chewy Raisin Molasses Cookies Recipe

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Molasses adds a little more flavor to a traditional oatmeal raisin cookie. My husband loves the soft and chewy texture of these cookies. The recipe is from his mother.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min./batch
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 150 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Place raisins in a bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in molasses. Combine the oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins.
  3. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Chewy Raisin Molasses Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p37

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Clevelandgirl User ID: 6063715 36520
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"I've been using this exact recipe since the late 1960's. The recipe was on a well-known brand's box of raisins. Everyone loves this very flavorful chewy cookie. The molasses truly are the secret ingredient."

Grammabeaglebabe User ID: 6706878 28369
Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"Have made these several times!

They ARE GREAT! One of my Favorites!"

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