Raisin-Filled Cookies Recipe
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Raisin-Filled Cookies Recipe

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Our family has been making these flavorful cookies for years and years. We love the sweet raisin filling hidden in each cookie.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1-1/2 cup seedless raisins

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 351 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream sugars and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle.
  2. For filling, in a saucepan, combine the cornstarch, flour and brown sugar. Stir in water until smooth. Add raisins. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir and cook for 3 minutes or until thickened. Cool.
  3. On a floured surface, roll out dough into 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-in.-round cookie cutters. Spoon 2 teaspoons filling on top of half the circles and top each with another circle. Pinch edges together and cut slit in top.
  4. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Raisin-Filled Cookies in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p46

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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2015

"My grandma's filled cookies were very much like these. They have been a family favorite for generations--especially with the men. In my dad's later years, I always baked/made his favorite cookies, muffins and candies (at gift holidays) for him. The first time, I got this HUGE smile and hug for my gift to him. My sis said she shopped for something for months and all I had to do was make him his favorite sweets. I reminded her that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!!"

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"I normally don't like raisins, but these are amazing. You just can't beat the slight taste of nutmeg and satisfying filling."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"These cookies taste just like my grandma used to make. My husband and kids loved them!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2013

"Just like grandma used to make"

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"This was my favorite cookie growing up. My Mom passed away in 2004. She had given me her receipe box which disapeared. We didn't use nutmeg or buttermilk, this receipe was very good with a new twist."

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