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Mom's Soft Raisin Cookies Recipe

Mom's Soft Raisin Cookies Recipe

With four sons in service during World War II, my mother sent these favorite cookies as a taste from home to "her boys" in different parts of the world. These days, my 11 grandchildren are enjoying them as we did, along with my stories of long ago.— Pearl Cochenour, Williamsport, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1. Combine water and raisins in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes; remove from the heat and let cool (do not drain).
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts and raisins.
  • 3. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 170 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein

Reviews for Mom's Soft Raisin Cookies

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Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016

"Planning to make these amazed that so many reviewers don't read the instructions, though. The recipe plainly states "do not drain" the raisin mixture! C'mon, people, pay attention! Anyway, I do not plan to add nuts as I don't care for them in baked products. Sounds like 4 stars to me."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"These cookies are delicious. A Tastey and simple recipe. Thanks for sharing. I followed recipe exactly only changed one thing, more walnuts! Not sure how many because did not measure after measuring the 1/2 c for recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I chose to include the water with the raisins in the recipe.

The flavor was good, but the texture was uneven and some parts were kind of mushy, and they had white spots in them. Maybe I packed the shortening too tight? Disappointed!"

Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"I was confused about whether to drain the raisins prior to mixing. I did end up draining them. I omitted the walnuts because my kids don't like nuts in their cookies. The end result was pretty bland. I don't know if it was because of my omissions, but I wasn't very happy with the result."

Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"I added the soaked raisins, the water to the very stiff batter. It softened up a little bit. These are very tasty! I didn't change a thing! thank you for posting this recipe!"

Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"Silly question, but do you add the soaking water along with the raisins? They look great"

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2015

"This recipe is the best ever!!! My mom use to make cookies like this. I am so happy to have the recipe! Thank you for sharing."

Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"I'm not a cookie fan but these are fantastic!"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012


Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"Fantastic cookies! I've made a lot of cookies over the years, and these are at the top of my list of favorites."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"I made these again, and subbed 1 and 1/2 cups oatmeal for some of the flour. They were even better! This has replaced many other recipes for oatmeal raisin cookies in my kitchen...!"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"Love it! I ran out of nutmeg but they were still great. Super easy to make. thanks!"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"I am not a fan of raisins in cookies, but my husband is. I made these for him and I ended up eating most of them. They are wonderful, very soft and chewy, so yummy! You should try them, you will be pleasantly surprised!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"These cookies are excellent. They have an excellent taste, texture, and are easy to make. I have made them numerous times and they always come out the same every time. Good recipe"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"I love, love, love these cookies. They are easy to make and keep for guests and are great as gifts."

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