Grandma Marion’s Molasses Bars
Author: Karlynn Johnston (AKA The Kitchen Magpie)

You can tell this is an older recipe with terms like “rounded tsp” and the odd little measurements, but it works, and these are so dang tasty, it’s worth it.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 13 mins
Total time: 23 mins
Serves: 24

Ingredients Needed:
1 1/2 cups of white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup and 2 tablespoons of margarine
2 small eggs
1 1/2 cups of raisins
1/2 cup of molasses
3 1/4 cups of flour
2 rounded tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
dash of allspice


1. Kick the tires and light the fires to 375

2. Cream the sugars and the margarine together

3. Add in your two eggs (I used one double yolker-huge egg instead of two small ones)

4. Whisk together the dry ingredients

5. Add in the molasses to the margarine/sugar mix

6. Combine the wet and dry and mix well

7. Then add in your raisins

8. Divide the dough into two pieces, and from each half form three long rolls on a cookie sheet

9. Build them up as high as you can and they fit across a baking sheet, width-wise. When you build them up, you get a thicker, chewier bar. Bake them in the oven at 375 for 13-15 minutes, and do not over/under bake. This from my grandma’s instructions. So they need to be baked until the edges are cooked and the middle slighty still underdone.

10. Slice them across into about 8-10 squares when they are fully cooled, needless to say, this recipe makes a large amount, you can end up with 40-60 of the little bars!