Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

I thought to share something new today, a recipe for NL molasses raisin tea buns! They taste fantastic!

Molasses is used a lot in recipes here in NL!

If anyone tries this recipe, please let me know what you think!

Close up photo of stacked Molasses Raisin Buns


Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

total time: 45 MINUTES

Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns – my recipe for soft, delicious, sweet molasses raisin tea buns that can be made using cinnamon & nutmeg as well. Perfect for a mug up any time.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp rounded baking powder
  • 1 tsp rounded baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, optional
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg, optional
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, cut in cubes
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins (light or dark, your preference)
  • 1/2 cup fancy molasses
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a food processor or in a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Cut in or pulse in in the butter until the mixture resembles a fine meal.
  3. Remove to a large bowl and stir in the raisins.
  4. Make a well in the center of this mixture.
  5. Mix together the molasses, milk and vanilla.
  6. Pour into the well and mix only enough to form a dough ball.
  7. On a floured surface, roll to 1 inch thickness and cut out buns with biscuit cutter. You may need a little more flour on top as well to prevent sticking to the rolling pin.
  8. Place in a parchment lined 9×13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Baking time may vary a little depending on the size of your biscuit cutter.
  9. This recipe makes about 12 tea buns.



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