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Dave's Big Raisin Cookies Recipe

Dave's Big Raisin Cookies

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Original recipe makes 7 dozen Change Servings


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 08, 2011

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 12, 2012

Mine turned out to be cake like, and fluffy.


27 Ratings

Aug 14, 2006

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

May 13, 2007

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!!!!

Feb 16, 2007

We really liked these cookies. Great with a cup of tea before bed. I can't bring myself to use two teaspoons of salt in anything, so I used one and they were fine. I also bake everything at 350, and use no stick pans so I didn't grease the pans and I baked them at 350. Great cookies for raisin lovers.

Feb 16, 2010

My father made a similar cookie, he called them Yummy Raisin Cookies. He added a cup of chopped walnuts, used 1 teaspoon of salt and skipped chilling the dough.

Apr 06, 2009

Made these cookies just as the recipe is written. The only change I made is that I really didn't let the raisins and water cool before I added it to the dough and I did not chill until the dough was firm. I don't think it mattered, though -- They turned out great, especially if you like cookies with a cake-like texture to them. Next time, I will error on the side of baking for less time. They looked kind of pale when I check on them at 10 minutes, so I baked them for 12 and were a little darker than I would have liked them to be. Will definitely make again and again!

Jan 03, 2011

Awesome cookies! Once in a while instead of boiling the raisins I soak them in spiced rum overnight :) Very tasty.


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  • Calories
  • 75 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 2.7 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 79 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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