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Jumbo Raisin Cookies Recipe

"When I was growing up, my mother would make these soft and spicy raisin cookies once a month," writes Becky Melander of Clinton, Michigan. "Since the recipe makes a huge batch, she would freeze some to snack on later."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 70 min. YIELD:78 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups raisins
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • 1. In a saucepan, combine the water and raisins. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature (do not drain).
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and raisins with any liquid.
  • 3. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 13 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 179 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 236 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.