Thursday, January 15, 2009

Boiled Raisin Cookies

Sweet biscuits, these cookies are good. Don't let the fact that the title contains the word "boiled" scare you away from them. They are divine. This recipe was given to me by my Aunt Lynne, and they very well may be the tenderest cookies I've ever eaten. And they have raisins in them so you New Year's resolutioners can tell yourselves you're just eating them to get a serving of fruit in. And to top it all off, they sparkle in the sunlight--how sweet is that? Give them a try. Even my non-raisin loving husband liked them.

1 1/2 c. raisins
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
3 eggs
1/2 t. vanilla
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3 c. flour

Boil raisins in the 1 c. water over medium heat, stirring occasionally until water is boiled off; set aside. Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs and vanilla. Mix well; add raisins and mix again. Sift together dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture. Roll dough into walnut or golf ball sized balls and roll in granulated sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.


Anonymous said...

These sound delightful. Simmer those raisins in some orange juice, cranberry juice or some vanilla-scented water for extra oomph:)

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Hallie Fae said...

Wow, yum those look good. I love raisins!

Tami said...

I bet that these cookies are delicious! I always soak the raisins that I use for my oatmeal raisin cookies in hot water to soften them. That was a trick given to me by my MIL.

I can't wait to try this recipe!

Claire said...

I've just made a batch for a depressed roomie, he's gloating! I added a hint of orange blossom water in the boiling water, it's magic!
Thanks a lot for the recipe, Becca!

Anonymous said...

These were yummy! THe first batch I made were huge cookies, so I had to cook them longer. Then the second and third batch were MUCH smaller, which I baked for about 15 minutes. THey were Delicious - with a CAPITA DEEEEE(all of the three batches. I ended up with about 30 to 40 cookies, can't remember because I ate a lot of them. *wink, wink* Ya'll know what I'm talkin' 'bout! ^-^

DearIngrid said...

This recipe has been handed down in my husband's family from his great great aunt who came to the US from Norway in the late 1800's. It was her favorite cookie recipe when she was a girl and she brought it with her when she immigrated.