Grammy's Raisin Cookies

by Mennie, Cookie Club Member

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Category: Desserts, Cookies

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Level: Baking Experience Helpful

Yield: 75 Cookies


1/2 c. vegetable shortening 

1/2 c. butter

1 1/2 c. sugar

3 eggs

1/2 tsp. baking soda (dissolved in 2 tsp. water)

3 c. flour

1 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 

1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 

2 c. raisins 


Cream Crisco, butter and sugar together. Add beaten eggs and mix well. Dissolve soda in water and add. Mix and sift flour and spices then add to the creamed mixture. Add raisins. Drop (Drop, don’t roll) by small tablespoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet (or use parchment paper). Bake at 335 degrees for 12-18 minutes. Makes 75 or more. 

I remember Grammy always poured boiling water over the raisins and let them sit for a few minutes before adding to batter. This helped to plump them up. Be sure to drain well so as not to add extra water to the batter. Dad says that Grammy also put a dollop of bacon fat in the recipe. She kept the fat in a jar by the stove. Also, don’t handle the dough too much or it will result in a rock hard cookie.