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Jumbo Raisin Cookies

"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.
  • Makes
    13 dozen


  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups raisins
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 6 large 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 semisweet chocolate chips


  • In a saucepan, combine the water and raisins. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature (do not drain).
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 179 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • newrecipejunkie
    Jul 1, 2015

    These cookies were delicious! I only made 1/2 recipe to try and I'm glad due to the amount of dough. This amount was at the top of my Kitchen-aid paddle! Only changes I made were to reduce the amount of nutmeg and to omit the allspice since I did't have any. I will definitely make these again!

  • Alesandra
    Dec 15, 2012

    Oh I love these cookies .I added some walnuts instead of the full 2 cups of simisweet chocolate , I add 1 cup of chopped walnuts and 1 cup of chocolate .

  • balloonist
    Mar 26, 2007

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