Oatmeal And Molasses Biscuits

    30 minutes

    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!

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    Serves: 48 

    • 2 cups (250g) plain flour
    • 2 cups (160g) oatmeal
    • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup (200g) sugar
    • 170g margarine
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 5 tablespoons (75ml) light molasses
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 1/2 cup (50g) chopped walnuts (optional)
    • 1/2 cup (80g) raisins (optional)

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oatmeal, bicarb soda, baking powder and salt.
    3. In another large bowl, beat the sugar with the butter until smooth and creamy; mix in beaten eggs, molasses and vanilla.
    4. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Stir in walnuts and raisins if using. Drop teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking trays.
    5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until slightly browned. Allow biscuits to cool on baking tray for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    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)