WWII Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

WWII Oatmeal Molasses Cookies

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  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    45 m
Diana S.
Recipe by  Diana S.

“This was my Grandmother's recipe from the 1940's. These cookies use molasses in place of brown sugar, which was one of the items rationed during the war (and harder to get than white sugar, they tell me). To me they're better than regular oatmeal cookies!”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 4 dozen



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oatmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, beat the sugar with the shortening until smooth and creamy; mix in beaten eggs, molasses, and vanilla. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Stir in walnuts and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until slightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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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.



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!!



In my quest to try to eliminate white sugar, these really got my interest! In addition to the molasses called for, I used only half the sugar and substituted half a cup of high quality 100% maple syrup instead. I also used half whole wheat flour instead of all white, plus I threw in a 1/4 cup of flax seeds. I also chopped up dark chocolate and added it because...I felt like it!! These are excellent tasting cookies!!

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Amount Per Serving (48 total)

  • Calories
  • 97 cal
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs
  • 13.5 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 95 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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