Raspberry Molasses Cookies

So what’s your favorite kind of cookie?  Loaded question, right?  I was recently in a *very serious* cookie debate, and I got thinking that my favorite cookies are those special ones I hardly ever eat.  Like cut-out sugar cookies (which I NEVER have time for), or a good molasses cookie.  It’s been YEARS since I made my Gram’s molasses cookie recipe – so I decided it was high time!

Raspberry Molasses Cookies at www.happyhourprojects.com

This recipe has been in my family for generations, and it’s old-school delicious: soft and chewy, but not too sweet.  It brought back fond memories when the smells filled my new kitchen.  I hope you enjoy!

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Raspberry Molasses Cookies
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  • ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. butter or shortening
  • ¾ c. molasses
  • ½ c. buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2-1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Topping:
  • raspberry jam (approx. ¾ c., variable)
  • sugar (approx ¼ c., variable)
  1. Blend well all ingredients except jam and additional sugar. Dough will be quite sticky.
  2. Chill dough for 1-2 hours (or overnight).
  3. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Roll to ⅓ inch thick on floured surface and cut into circles. (If you work quickly, dough can also be rolled into 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls and gently flattened with your palm.) Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Spoon on approx. ½ tsp. raspberry jam to center of cookie. Sprinkle liberally with additional sugar.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool thoroughly before serving for best flavor. Recipe yields 3 dozen cookies.



  1. says

    I have never made cookies before… This recipe seems easy enough to do it finally :)…
    I hope this is not a dumb question… can i replace the molasses with something else(honey ???) I dont think this is available in this part of the world :)

    • says

      Hmmm… I’m not sure! The consistency would be right, and the sweetness level is similar between honey and molasses, but molasses has such a distinct flavor I have no idea what sort of cookie that would end up being. I am really curious if any other international friends have a suggestion for a good molasses substitute.

  2. Kirsten says

    These sound delicious! I was in a cookie craving mood this weekend myself and made sugar cookies, but I think I’ll have to try these, too. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. says

    We love molasses cookies and raspberry jam so, to have you marry them up for us, well I just gotta pin the recipe to make soon! Yumm!

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