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Molasses Raisin Cookies

Nothing is more old fashioned than soft, cakey Molasses Raisin Cookies.  With a sprinkling of coarse sugar and a cup of coffee, they are the perfect afternoon treat!molasses raisin cookies


Ahhhh…the smell of molasses, ginger and cinnamon baking in the oven! Nothing makes a kitchen seem more welcoming, especially on a brisk January day in the midwest.

I keep seeing articles about “hygge”, (pronounced hoo-ga), the Scandinavian concept of creating coziness and taking pleasure in making everyday moments more special. It includes candles, snuggly blankets and scents to create a sense of warmth, along with incorporating simple rituals, like buying flowers every week or drinking your coffee from a special mug.  It is similar to the Norwegian concept “koselig”. I read a lot about this term last year, as I tried to embrace winter, rather than just endure it. Winter here in the Minnesota came seem to last an eternity at times, but it does allow us the opportunity to gather around the fireplace, wrap up in fuzzy balnkets to watch movies and best of all, turn on the oven to warm up the kitchen and bake cookies.

molasses raisin cookies

These old-fashioned molasses raisin cookies are soft and have a tender, cake-like texture. The combination of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg adds just the right amount of spice to the molasses flavor. The recipe calls for buttermilk or yogurt mixed with milk. I have made them both ways and they turn out basically the same. If you don’t have either buttermilk or yogurt, you can add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar to a half-cup of regular milk and let it stand for a few minutes until it begins to curdle a bit. (A method I use often to replace buttermilk in recipes).

molasses raisin cookies

The raisins add a little extra sweetness, along with the sprinkling of sugar. If you don’t have coarse sugar, you can use regular…it just won’t show as much on top. You can also skip the sugar sprinkle altogether. I just think it makes them look prettier!

Bake up a batch today to bring some “hygge” into your house! Happy Baking!

Yields 3 1/2 dozen

Molasses Raisin Cookies
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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or 1/4 cup plain yogurt mixed with 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup raisins
  • -coarse sugar, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger; set aside.
  2. In large bowl combine butter and sugar; beat until well blended.
  3. Add molasses and beat well. Add egg and mix until well blended.
  4. Add flour mixture, alternating with buttermilk and mix until combined. Stir in raisins.
  5. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls, 1 inch apart onto lightly greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake 9-11 minutes, until tops are firm when lightly touched. Sprinkle with sugar if desired. Cool 1 minute on pan and then remove to cooling rack.

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