I’m a bit of a 1950’s romantic when it comes to Heirloom Recipes (family recipes that have been passed down). The whole time I am preparing the recipe I daydream about the house-dresses that would have been worn, the retro kitchen gadgets that would have been used, the darling aprons, and the smells that would have been welcoming the kids home from school. I know, totally nerdy, but I really think that I was born in the wrong time. Even so, working on this particular post was pretty fun because of those daydreams.
This recipe is laced with nostalgia for my husband. He was really excited when I told him that I was going to be sharing it. He always says “Grandma was famous for these cookies” and after having made them, I can totally see why. They have the perfect blend of spices and just the right amount of chewiness. When I pulled the first batch out of the oven, I sent one of my kids downstairs to give my husband one and within a minute he was in the kitchen giving me literally the biggest smooch of my life…the kids were pretty grossed out, so it was extra funny!
Even if you’re not normally a fan of raisin cookies (like me), I say that you should at least try these once. You won’t be disappointed! I ate well more than my fair share of them. Plus, one batch makes several dozen cookies, so they would be perfect for a bake sale!
Preheat Oven to 350° F Step 1
Simmer in a pan for five minutes:
1 C Water 2 C Raisins
When the five minutes is through, remove from heat and let cool. Step 2
In a medium bowl add:
4 C Flour 1 t Baking Powder 1 t Baking Soda 2 t Salt 2 t Cinnamon ½ t Nutmeg
Sift together until well mixed (I just use a whisk and mix for a few minutes). Step 3
In a large bowl, cream together:
1 C Cooking Oil (I use Safflower) 2 C Sugar
Once those are creamed then add (one at a time):
Beat well, then add:
1 t Vanilla 1 C Chopped Nuts (Optional, I used Walnuts) Cooled Raisins (from step 1)
Mix well, then gradually add while mixing:
The flour/spice mixture from step 2 and mix well. Drop by teaspoonful on a greased pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Chopped dates can be substituted for raisins. Grandma also recommends only using 2 cups of whole wheat flour and using standard flour for the rest…I just haven’t bought standard flour to bake with in years, so I used all whole white wheat and they still turned out good, just a little less fluffy (or so I’m told).
*When I made them I found it easiest to use a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. When removed from the oven I let them sit for two minutes before placing them on a cooling rack. For some reason they stick a little less when you use a metal spatula. I used a 2 Tablespoon Cookie Scoopinstead of doing teaspoonfuls and it still made nearly 4 dozen cookies.
For some photo’s of the process and a couple more tips, keep reading:
What the raisin mixture (step 1) looks like after it has been simmered and set aside to cool.
The flour/spice mixture (step 2) all whisked together. I don’t have a sifter so that is why I whisk it…and because I’m lazy 😉
What Step 3 looks like just before adding the flour/spice mixture from step 2.
What it looks like ready to scoop. I know, I need to get some cookie paddles for my Bosch.
All scooped out in rows. They fluff up WAY big, I’m sure that is why they are called Jumbo Cookies.
I found that when putting them in rows, they fluffed up too much and touched each other.
It works best to stagger them on the pan so they won’t touch. Obviously they’d taste the same, but if you want them to look a little better remember to stagger them on the pan!
What it looked like when it was done baking (Remember I used whole white wheat so if you use standard it’ll look a little different). It wasn’t browned so I thought it wasn’t done, but my husband told me the first batch that I did was a little over-baked.
Yummy Goodness! I’m kinda sad that the best shot didn’t show much of this cute plate that I found at the DI… it’s probably the cutest dish I own…oh well!
Enjoy! I know I did! Oh, and please make sure to share…this post, as well as your cookies…otherwise you’ll gain ten pounds eating four dozen cookies ;).
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