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Old-Fashioned Raisin Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch


about 4 dozen

"My mother has been making these morsels for the past 40 years, much to the delight of all in our family," jots Darlene Brenden of Salem, Oregon. "The fruit-filled sugar cookies will please any sweet tooth. They disappear quickly!"
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  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup water
  • DOUGH:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until easy to handle.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Place 1 teaspoon of raisin filling in the center of each cookie.
  4. Roll out remaining dough. Cut with a 2-in. cookie cutter. With a 1-in. round cookie cutter, cut a hole in the center of each; place over filling. With a fork, press edges to seal.
  5. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 263 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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