The New England colonists used molasses as their primary sweetener in cooking and baking. Molasses cookies have had a long history. The first recipes for these delicious cookies appeared in early American cookbooks around 1877. The recipe for these old fashioned molasses cookies came from a friend’s grandmother. These molasses cookies are thick and chewy and filled with raisins and nuts. They are easy and quick and perfect to fill your cookie jar. Use a dark robust molasses for the best flavor. I have made Molasses Crinkles for years, these old fashioned molasses cookies are a little softer and have a wonderful taste reminiscent of a cookie your grandmother made.molasses cookies


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3 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. Ground cloves

¼ tsp. Ground allspice

¼ tsp. Ground nutmeg

8 Tbsp. Butter, softened

1 cup sugar

½ cup molasses

½ cup brewed coffee, room temperature

½ cup raisins

½ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped




Preheat your oven to 350 and adjust the racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in a medium bowl.


With an electric mixer beat the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Reduce the speed and add the molasses and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and the coffee alternately in two batches, beating until combined. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the raisins and nuts.


Working with 1 Tbsp. of dough at a time, shape the dough into balls. Place the balls on the prepared cooked sheets, spacing about two inches apart. Bake until the cookies have risen and are just set, 8-12 minutes. Cool the cookies on the sheets for two minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool complexly.molasses cookies Store  the molasses cookies in a airtight container.

6 comments on “Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Lisa Lynn on May 11, 2018 3:32 pm

Your cookies look delicious! My Gram used to make some very similar…I’ll have to give these a try. 🙂

tweezle on May 12, 2018 8:33 pm

These look wonderful!! I must try them on my next baking day.
Thanks so much for sharing 😀

Tracy Albiero on May 15, 2018 5:57 pm

OH my word! I am instantly taken back to my grandma’s kitchen. She made these all the time. #happynowblog

Helen at the Lazy Gastronome on May 19, 2018 3:09 pm

The second cookie I’ve seen today that makes me want milk and cookies! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Hope to see you back tomorrow.

Nancy Wolff on May 20, 2018 11:25 pm

Enjoy your milk and cookies! 🙂

Miz Helen on May 21, 2018 6:24 pm

These cookies look so good, wish I had one or two right now! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
Miz Helen

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