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Nostalgic holiday recipes - Raisin-Filled Cookies


These yummy cookies can be made any time of the
year, but my great grandma always made them at
the holidays.

Raisin-filled cookie are truly a tradition in my family. This recipe goes back at least as far as my great grandma Abbie, my mom's grandma. When grandma Abbie couldn't bake anymore, my grandpa - her son - took over the task of making these every Christmas season. Then my mom took over from her dad and now it passes to me.

Ironically I never liked these as a kid. They weren't sweet and sugary enough for me, I guess, and I always bypassed them for the fudge and toffee. Still, a plateful of these cookies brings back a wealth of memories. Of course, as an adult I love them and can't eat enough.

Raisin-Filled Cookies


1 cup raisins

1/2 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cornstarch


1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

3 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder OR cream of tartar

1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine the first three ingredients in a saucepan with just enough water to cover the raisins. Bring to a boil and simmer until it thickens. Remove from heat. Mix together the rest of the ingredients to make a cookie dough. Roll out thin - about 1/8 inch - and cut out using round cookie cutters. Put 1 teaspoon filling on a cookie cutout and place a second cutout on top, moistening the edges to seal. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees F about 10 minutes or until the edges are brown.

NOTE: Instead of sealing the filling completely between two layers of dough, you can make a "window" in the top layer using a smaller cookie cutter. We used to make round cookies with a star cutout or large stars with a smaller star cutout. If you use star or some other shape, watch them carefully while they bake so the tips don't brown too much.