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Mom's Soft Raisin Cookies

"With four sons in service during World War II, my mother sent these favorite cookies as a taste from home to 'her boys' in different parts of the world. These days, my 11 grandchildren are enjoying them as we did, along with my stories of long ago. -- Pearl Cochenour, Williamsport, Ohio"
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40 m servings
Original recipe yields 36 servings

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  1. Combine raisins and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes; remove from the heat and let cool (do not drain). In a mixing bowl, cream shortening; gradually add sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly. Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-14 minutes.

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These have the great taste of old fashion cookies...lots of raisins and great with a cold glass of milk. These freeze very well too.

Very good old-fashioned cookie! I added the vanilla extract to the water when boiling the raisins to cook that flavor into them.

I love this recipe. It is similar to my grandmothers except that she excluded the nuts since we didn't care for nuts. One of my favorite cookies of all time!