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Amish Raisin Cookies Recipe

Amish Raisin Cookies Recipe

I found this recipe for a chewy raisin cookie in one of the many Amish cookbooks I own. I haven't seen it duplicated anywhere else. —Marcia Wagner, Berrien Springs, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:36 servings


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine raisins and water. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Set aside to cool.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in raisins with liquid.
  • 3. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until the surface cracks. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 132 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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LeeAnn User ID: 9065817 260745
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2017

"Most definately have to completely cool the liquid/ raisins before mixing in. If you dont you get a soupy mess. Also, I suggest adding tsp cinnamon for a nice punch of flavor. Light sprinkle of white sugar crystals for decor and if like more sweet."

Osum User ID: 602610 260368
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2017

"I just pulled these cookies out of the oven. They are a really nice tasting cookie, but nowhere near looking like the picture ! I wanted to try because they were a flat raisin cookie, a lot different from my other raisin cookie recipes, but I will make again. I want to try with chocolate chips because there are no spices and I love the texture. I will rate a 4 only because they aren't like the picture. Otherwise really good."

abusymom User ID: 6831638 73390
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014 Edited Jul. 10, 2014

"Delicious! I've made them a couple of times now - I've adapted the recipe to be vegan using Nucoa buttery sticks and Egg-Replacer. Very good! I sprinkle the top of each cookie with a little Demerara sugar to give them that little extra crunchy sugary magic!"

Lisa Topper User ID: 7400349 82142
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"wow this cookies are so good and I didn't even put raisins in it!! Good Job who ever put this on here!!"

raemargaret User ID: 2790732 70496
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"very bland tasting...maybe some cinnamon would help but all and all not a very good tasting cooking...everything ended up in the garbage"

lfalana User ID: 3908738 60340
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"Did not like these, didn't turn out as pictured, recipe made only 40 cookies not even close to 6 dozen , will not make again, I think there is something wrong with it ?"

CWOCN User ID: 4346648 70495
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"I am an experienced cook and huge fan of TOH, however I have tried twice to get this excellent tasting cookie to come out as pictured and "cracked." I will try once more."

lschumacher User ID: 1093442 73389
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"I think there is something wrong here. One says it makes 36 cookies and in the directions says it makes 6 dozen? I think more of 3 dozen cookies."

ninamary User ID: 1739379 25808
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013


tinklmom User ID: 4630273 36505
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"So easy and turned out perfect! These cookies are the best raisin cookie I ever made! I did however microwave 1/2 cup water and put my raisins in then microwaved 45 seconds more as to not have to guess at the liquid. I am going to try this wonderful recipe with 1 cup oatmeal and craisins next time because I think an oatmeal version would be to die for!"

jws353 User ID: 6464039 70494
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"Sounded wonderful but 1/8 of a tsp of salt is not enough. They did not have the look of the picture as they did not spread. I live way up here in Alaska and we have a very low humidity so I had to add liquid. I will try them again but will add oatmeal in place of some of the flour and add more salt and some cinnamon."

kathidahl User ID: 1718596 74990
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2013

"Oh my, these are wonderful...crisp edges and chewy middle and crackly looking on top. This recipe is going on my regular rotation. I am going to try rum flavoring for part of the vanilla next time. I make my own brown sugar and these had a perfect molasses taste. Wonder if that would be so if I used purchased brown sugar..."

ChefLoriel User ID: 6868185 60213
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"Macia, do you think I could use 1/2 cup rum and 1/2 cup water? I thought it would make a deluxe version!"

shelia55 User ID: 5337423 82134
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"Excellent cookies"

jillianjade User ID: 7261350 73351
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013


JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 25807
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"easy to make and everyone loved them!"

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 28277
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2013

"a little too sweet for my taste. i think i must have cooked the raisins too much...not enough liquid left in raisin mixture to make dough drop consistency...cookies did not spread as pictured."

grandma karyn User ID: 6889895 72607
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2013

"at fist I was not sure I would make again, but they became nice and moist and flavorful that evening and even better the next day eaten before we knew it. will make again many times. thanks for the reciepe."

MallyDuff User ID: 4979903 26879
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"I have made this recipe many times now & it turned out great every time . We love them"

danettemroy User ID: 984959 28276
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2010

"I had high expectations with these cookies. i usually make raisin oatmeal cookies and i think i will stick with that. these were lacking.. they had a light cakey texture and were slim on flavor."

unicornpc User ID: 3293150 70492
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2009

"Very Good, will make again this time spray cookie sheet."

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