Dave's Big Raisin Cookies

Dave's Big Raisin Cookies

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Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 75 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 75 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 2.7 g
  • 4%
  • Carbs:
  • 12.1g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 79 mg
  • 3%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Add water to raisins and boil 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add cooled raisins and water. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Add flour mixture to raisin mixture, blend well.
  3. Chill dough until firm.
  4. Drop by teaspoon onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes on cookie sheet before removing.
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  1. 27 Ratings


I have no idea why there are so few reviews for this recipe. It's phenomenal!! Hearty, homey and wholesome, full of flavor. Equally at home with a tall, cold glass of milk or a steaming mug of latte. I made two minor alterations. The 2 tsp of salt seemed too high to me, so I cut back to 1-1/2 tsp and the result seemed just right to my palate. I discovered I only had 1 cup of raisins, so I filled in with a cup mixed of craisins and cut-up prunes. I did allow them to cool before mixing them in, as directed, and I did chill overnight. However, the second time I made them, I didn't chill, and there was no discernible difference in the end product. They don't spread on the sheet, so what you see going into the oven is pretty much what you get coming out. Mine, therefore, were much puffier than those pictured. Lovely, chewy texture which equals a good keeper. The spice makes them irresistible. 10 minutes was perfect timing. The recipe makes a lot, so perfect for a crowd, one you'll be proud to serve. A fabulous heritage cookie jar filler.


I've made raisin cookies several times, using this recipe. The cookies are very moist and taste great!

Joy Ann

These are great cookies, especially right out of the oven! I baked some half an hour ago and there are only two left. I mixed up the whole batch, formed them into four rolls, and keep them in the refrigerator for quick treats. One thing I did wrong is to mix the raisins in with the dough in the Kitchen Aid mixer. After boiling the raisins, they broke up instead of staying whole. Next time I will mix them in by hand. I think I will add some chopped dates next time too, and maybe increase the nutmeg a bit, and add some nuts. They would make Hermits that way. But they are GREAT cookies!!!!