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Family Favorite Raisin-Filled Cookies

Rated as 2.75 out of 5 Stars

"These are a childhood favorite, passed down from my grandmother and great-grandmother."
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50 m servings 201
Original recipe yields 24 servings (2 dozen cookies)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Whisk 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, cream of tartar, and baking soda together in a bowl. Mix vegetable shortening, milk, egg, and vanilla extract into dry ingredients to make a dough. Roll the dough out 1/4-inch thick on a floured work surface. Cut dough into 2 1/2-inch rounds using a biscuit cutter or glass.
  3. Combine raisins, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon flour in a bowl; stir to coat raisins. Spoon 1 rounded teaspoon of raisin mixture into center of a cookie round and top with another round. Use a fork to crimp the edges together to make little pies. Place cookies onto a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are lightly golden brown, about 11 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning.
  5. Gather cut scraps of dough, gently form into a ball, and roll out again. Repeat steps as before until all dough and filling are used up.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Be gentle when incorporating dough scraps from previous rollings with new dough. Working the dough too much will cause cookies to toughen.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 201 calories; 4.8 38 2.8 8 59 Full nutrition

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Have not tried this recipe, but, very similar to my grandmothers. Correct in saying (don't work the do too much. Best cookie in the known universe. My wife bakes a double batch every year for Ch...

This does not even deserve a star. Very dry and hard.I am an experienced baker

Made the cookies, used 1 rounded TSP of raisins per cookie and had a lot of raisins left after making 30 cookies; cookie part was good not enough raisin filling. Will increase filling in each c...

The dough was fine (used 1 cup of coconut oil instead of crisco) but the filling did not turn out. My recommendation will be to cook the flour, raisins, and brown sugar on the stove to make a sy...