Trust me, these cookies are delicious!!
So many people don't like raisins, and I admit, there are a lot better-tasting dried fruits out there, but this recipe is great with the raisins. You boil them until the are soft and add baking soda to kill the acidity, and they just turn out great!
I think you should try them this year!
Old Fashion Boiled Raisin Cookies
2 c. raisins
1 c. water
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
1 c. shortening
1 ¾ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs, beaten well
4 c. flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg (opt. substitute ¼ tsp. allspice)
1 c. chopped walnuts
1. Bring water to boil in small pot, add raisins and boil 5 minutes. Cool. Drain off liquid. Add the 1 ½ tsp. baking soda and stir.
2. Preheat oven to 375°.
3. Cream shortening and sugar.
4. Add eggs and beat well. Add cooled raisins and vanilla.
5. Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, spices) together and then add to the wet ingredients. Stir to mix. Add nuts, stir.
6. Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. The batter is meant to be wet, but if it seems too wet, it can be helpful (and pretty, and yummy) to gently roll the cookie dough balls in a bit of powdered sugar.
7. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until starting to turn slightly brown.