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Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

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

Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns,  a traditional favourite that you can make plain or with fragrant spices.

You may find this recipe uses more molasses than other buns you’ve tried but I like them dark and sweet. You can use less molasses and adjust the amount of milk to make sure there is enough liquid to form the dough.

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Be sure to use fancy molasses and not cooking molasses which is much stronger tasting.

Be careful when making adjustments, molasses makes baked goods a little more difficult to rise.

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Sultana Raisins are great in this recipe but you can use any kind you like.

Too much can also result in a denser harder baked goods too. I like mine at this height but if  you want yours to be to be a little higher, squeeze them into a 9×9 pan instead of a 9×13 and bake for about 10 minutes longer.

Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns

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Newfoundland Molasses Raisin Tea Buns
Yield: 12 tea 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 powder, 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 9x13 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.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

12 tea buns

Amount Per Serving Calories 355Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 31mgSodium 291mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 2gSugar 30gProtein 4g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Lauren B Davis

Monday 4th of February 2019

Just made these! They're delicious. Posted a photo on Instagram/Facebook and gave your site credit. Look forward to discovering more.

Nicole Shuglo

Thursday 22nd of November 2018

I LOVE these tea buns! I love making them first thing in the morning- what a way to start the day! (Please note that I have tried this recipe substituting Splenda or Stevia for the sugar and it still works beautifully).


Tuesday 19th of June 2018

Made these today and love them. They didn't rise very much but not sure if they were supposed to as the ones pictured don't look too high. They are not overly sweet which I like. A keeper recipe for sure!

Jo Ann Kugle

Saturday 28th of April 2018

Delicious with a wonderful strong molasses flavor. Here in central Texas I do not find "fancy molasses" I used Grandma's Brand. The dough was very soft so I pressed it into into a 9X13 and scored it into bun size. These are hearty and delicious! perfect for next fall season! Next I will try the "Lassy Moggs".


Monday 8th of May 2017

love this recipe, looking forward to checking out more. Thank you f or sharing.

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