My late Mother in law, Mary Capp Bowan, used to make these wonderful cookies. As long as people don't know the secret ingredient, they will love these cookies!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 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). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour baking soda and salt, stir into the creamed mixture along with the ketchup. Fold in the walnuts and raisins last. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

787.6 calories; protein 10.2g 20% DV; carbohydrates 93.4g 30% DV; fat 42.9g 66% DV; cholesterol 70.7mg 24% DV; sodium 342mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2012
I mess with every recipe I try before i try it if I think it needs something or sub stuff that I don't have Subbed white sugar for the brown and a blob of molasses..(I was out of brown sugar). Added two tablespoons of vanilla(we love vanilla) And when all was said and done They still lacked..Sprinkle them with cinnamon....OH YA!...fixed.. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/21/2010
This isn't bad (well the dough is but the cookie's pretty good). It is cakey and I don't care too much for cakey so it gets a 3 instead of a 4. I did have to make it a chocolate chip cookie instead of raisin because the kids won't eat raisin cookies they've eaten half of them already. Overall it was fun to try Read More
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5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
04/21/2010
This isn't bad (well the dough is but the cookie's pretty good). It is cakey and I don't care too much for cakey so it gets a 3 instead of a 4. I did have to make it a chocolate chip cookie instead of raisin because the kids won't eat raisin cookies they've eaten half of them already. Overall it was fun to try Read More
(9)
Rating: 1 stars
12/17/2002
I have tried this cookie recipe and I discovered that I did not like these cookies at all. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/20/2010
Well I suppose if you submit a recipe this out of the ordinary you have to be prepared for people not to like it. That said I'm sorry but we are among those people. I cut the recipe down and used butter and currants instead of golden raisins. While the butter might change the texture it shouldn't change it to more cake like which is what these cookies were. That isn't "bad" in itself as I know some folks prefer that type however the taste of these is just not to our liking. We could certainly taste the ketchup they were very very sweet and the nuts especially just didn't seem to go. Or rather the ketchup didn't go but since it's a vital ingredient to the recipe you can't omit it.:) It was fun to try and an interesting addition. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/21/2010
Unlike other reviewers I liked the cakey texture of these cookies. I cut the recipe in half and using my cookie scoop I got 12 cookies out of it. They didn't flatten out much so if I make them again (maybe maybe not) I'll flatten the balls of dough a little bit before baking. I omitted the nuts because of a nut allergy in a couple of my taste testers and substituted chocolate chips instead of raisins so my kids would be willing to try them. Overall most tasters thought they were worthy of three out of five stars. The only ones who gave them less than three stars knew before tasting them that the recipe contained ketchup so I think there was a little bit of a psychological thing going on there. Thanks for the opportunity to try something unique! I'm glad I tried them:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2012
I mess with every recipe I try before i try it if I think it needs something or sub stuff that I don't have Subbed white sugar for the brown and a blob of molasses..(I was out of brown sugar). Added two tablespoons of vanilla(we love vanilla) And when all was said and done They still lacked..Sprinkle them with cinnamon....OH YA!...fixed.. Read More
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