These are my grandmother's Christmas cookies. These look as good as they taste. Once cookies have cooled ice with a simple confectioners sugar icing.

Lisa
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening, add the buttermilk, and mix until creamy. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, cloves and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture. Then stir in the soaked raisins and pecans. By the time you are this far along, you may find it easier to mix with your hands.

  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them on the cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Watch carefully as the bottoms tend to burn easily.

Nutrition Facts

86.6 calories; 1.4 g protein; 10.4 g carbohydrates; 0.2 mg cholesterol; 34.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2006
Excellent as is - without the icing. These bake up with a soft inside. I included the chopped pecans but sans the raisins. They were a big hit. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/16/2005
Disappointing. The cookies turned out dry and tough and bland; I couldn't taste the spice even though I added an extra tablespoon halfway through and the flour overwhelmed the trace sweetness. I did substitute yoghurt for the buttermilk but I don't think that this is the problem.:( Read More
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  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
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  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2006
Excellent as is - without the icing. These bake up with a soft inside. I included the chopped pecans but sans the raisins. They were a big hit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2002
I love this recipe. This is one I grew up with! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/16/2005
Disappointing. The cookies turned out dry and tough and bland; I couldn't taste the spice even though I added an extra tablespoon halfway through and the flour overwhelmed the trace sweetness. I did substitute yoghurt for the buttermilk but I don't think that this is the problem.:( Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2007
These turned out well! Soft and tasty. You jsut have to make sure they don't bake too long. I added some extra spices - maybe twice as much cinnamon (and I didn't have cloves so I did nutmeg instead). I'd like to try them frosted - maybe with a flavored frosting because they do have a fairly mild taste. Read More
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