A recipe passed down through the family - it was popular during WWII when food was rationed: the molasses was easier to find than brown sugar, the walnuts and raisins were added as and where they could be found. A treat for the family when they didn't know which version they were getting in their lunch box!
Great recipe! Have made this a few times and seems to be pretty fool-proof! My kids love it too - 23 Aug 2014
I wanted to re-review this terrific recipe and add that I keep oatmeal that I grind up into flour that I use in this recipe with great success. The cookies are very tender and soft rather than crunchy. Instead of the whole 2 cups, I add 1 3/4. I have also successfully used craisins when I found out I was out of raisins and it was still very, very good. Still an awesome, 5 star recipe. Grandma definately knows best-and this recipe publisher gets my whole family's thanks for sharing it. My daughters and I baked these after reading Molly, the American Girl who's father was in WW11, and she had to ration sugar. Even if your not crazy about molasses-you will find these the very best cookie recipe any grandma or mom could pass down. It's a hands down winner with all 9 members of my family. - 26 May 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
These are SOOOO good!!! They're so soft and....fluffy! I replaced my shortening with butter and added 1/2t each of cloves and cinnamon, but kept everything else the same. This is going to replace my current oatmeal cookie recipe. Thanks so much!! - 23 Mar 2006 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)