Friday, May 14, 2010

Jumbo Raisin Cookies

My mom used to make these cookies all the time.  We would always take a huge batch with us when we went on our annual three week summer camping trip.  I can even remember the container they were stored in inside our camper.  It's been a crazy week, we have company coming over today and I felt like a "comfort" treat so I made a batch of these first thing this morning.  I haven't made them in years and they still taste as delicious as I remember them.  Thought I would share the recipe here in case you would like to try them too.

2 cups raisins
1 cup water
Put raisins and water in a pot and boil for 5 minutes.  Cool.

1 cup shortening (this is what the recipe calls for but I used butter)
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream these four ingredients until smooth.  Then stir in cooled raisins ('juice' and all)
Add the following:
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
Stir until mixed.

 Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.  Enjoy!!


Katherine said...

Mmmm... I love raisin cookies too!
Hope your week has settled down and you can enjoy a more peaceful weekend, Heather.

affectioknit said...

YUM! Those look really delicious!

Marty Layne said...

Yummy - I love the recipes and photos you post, Heather - inspiring!

Greenie said...

I used to love raisins when I was a kid. I don't remember when it happened, but at some point the tide turned and now I can't stand them. Raisins are like my personal kryptonite. Bleh!

But, strangely, you substitute raisins with dried cranberries? And I'm fine. Go figure.

mommy Orkid Belle said...

The cookies look delicious! I love raisins! :) Yum!

Adin B

twigandtoadstool said...

Those look fantastic! They're going on tomorrow menu!!
thanks for the recipe! Great blog!

Mrs. Money said...

I'll have to give these a try! I love raisins.

Anonymous said...

We put in chopped nuts and doubled up on the spices, like like mom used to...

Anonymous said...

I just made this recipe, except I subbed chopped dates for the raisins, whole wheat flour for half of the all-purpose, and margarine for shortening. Turned out delicious!

Anonymous said...

I think these are the best cookies I have ever made! I doubled the recipe and now have way to many! I'll be delivering these to friends this afternoon :)

Anonymous said...

My all-time favorite cookie growing up as a child. My mom would make them and those would be the first cookie I’d go for and now I bake them and it is still the first cookie I go for.

Anonymous said...

Is butter better than shortening ??