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Old Fashioned Christmas Raisin Delights Recipe

Old Fashioned Christmas Raisin Delights

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"This is an old classic Christmas cookie that will bring back many fond memories to those who eat these delightful cookies"

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Original recipe makes 3 dozen Change Servings


  1. To Make The Dough: Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together; set aside.
  2. Cream the butter with 3/4 cup of the brown sugar and the white sugar. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Mix at high speed for 2 minutes, then reduce speed and gradually blend in the flour mixture. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 3 hours.
  3. To Make Raisin Filling: Grind the raisins. In a medium saucepan combine the ground raisins, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup water, salt and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Combine the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of the water and mix until smooth. Add to the raisin mixture and continue to simmer until thick. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cool, stir in the chopped nuts.
  5. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.
  6. On a floured surface, roll out the chilled dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into 2 3/4 inch rounds. Place rounds on the prepared baking sheet. Place a heaping teaspoon of the raisin filling on the cookie round and top with another round. Crimp the edges closed.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on sheet until just barely warm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 18, 2003

Please tell the owner to give us the correct amount of vanilla. She forget to include vanilla on the ingredient list. I added 1 tsp.- it was very good after the vanilla was added.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 07, 2011

Delicious but my dough was VERY soft. The rolling out was extremely time consuming. I ended up hand rolling balls, squishing a hole in center, filling w/raisin mixture & sealing. But tasty.


20 Ratings

Nov 28, 2005

I've looked for years for a raisin-filled cookie recipe like my aunt's (she'd never give hers up) and this is the closest I've found. Great taste and texture. Make a double batch - my first batch was gone before they cooled.

Dec 16, 2011

What a great filled cookie! Here are some suggestions for making it easier. 1. A regular size canning jar ring is a perfect size for the circles. 2. The dough is very soft to handle. Try doing only a small amount at a time, enough for 6-8 circles. Keep the rest of the dough in the fridge until you are ready for it. Use lots of flour, stopping every couple rolls of the rolling pin to move the dough around and add flour if necessary to keep it from stick to the work surface. 3. Raisins are very sweet in and of themselves. I cut the sugar in the filling back to 1/4 cup. Next time I'll eliminate it altogether. I also eliminated the nuts. 4. I chopped the raisins in my food processor, along with some of the water for the filling. It worked like a charm. I'll probably make 1 1/2 batches of filling next time for 1 batch of dough. 5. For a slightly fancier look, use your fingertips to crimp edges as you would a pie crust. To go simple, just press edges together. 6. If you want the filling to show through, cut a small x in the top circle of dough before you place it on top. 7. And...a piece of advice, from my experience...this is a recipe to keep until the kids are in bed. Don't try it with a 3 year old wanting to help, and a sick, fussy 8 month old to hold!

Dec 17, 2008

Great cookie! I only used 1/2 cup cugar in the filling and it was PLENTY sweet enough. Everything else stayed the same. I did drizzle a VERY small amount of a powdered sugar glaze in order to sprinkle red and green sugar crystals for decoration for Christmas. I also processed my rasins in my food processer.

Jan 15, 2008

Oh THANK YOU!!! I had these when I was a kid and I have been searching for the recipe since my mom lost it, and these taste just like the ones I remember!! I'm so excited to have it again!! Also, for a "fancier" looking cookie I cut a smaller hole (about a quarter size) in the top cookie for a peek at the filling.

Apr 01, 2013

All you young bakers, don't turn your nose up at this old fashioned cookie! You must give it a try. This is one of those cookies that reminds me of home and of church lady bake sales. It's time consuming to make, but a must for Christmas and Easter.

Dec 28, 2010

I made these for my grandparents as a Christmas gift and they loved them as snacks. However I found that I may have made a mistake with my dough because I needed way more than a lightly floured board, however they did taste delicious.


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  • Calories
  • 345 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 39 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 9.9 g
  • 15%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 250 mg
  • 10%

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

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