Old Fashioned Christmas Raisin Delights


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

3 dozen


  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ¾ cups raisins

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

345 Calories
10g Fat
62g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 345
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 250mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 39g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 206mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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