Monday, May 14, 2007

ARF 5 A Day - Raisin Cookies

This is a recipe that my mom used to make when I was little. When I moved out on my own I made sure I had a copy of the recipe packed away. The cookies are very moist and cake-like and totally delicious. I think they taste best in the fall and winter, but don't ask me why. I guess cinnamon and nutmeg always mean cooler weather to me. Don't be put off by the sort of vague directions with the water, you can't really mess these up. They make a good snack and an even better breakfast with a cup of tea.

Raisin Cookies

3 cups raisins
1 1/2 tsp EACH of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour

In a large pot combine raisins and spices. Cover with water by 1" over the raisins. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly. In a large bowl mix the remaining ingredients and add the raisins and water. (This is best done in a stand mixer). Dough will be soft and sticky. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake at 350' for 15 to 20 minutes.

Raisins are high in fibre, potassium and antioxidants. So I am sending this Cate's way for Sweetnicks ARF/5 A Day.

Have a good Monday!


Patricia Scarpin said...

Sara, I'd love some of these to lighten up my day!

Sara said...

Hope you try them, they are great!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

"Cookie Breakfast Woman" Waahoo! Lovely!
Fall and winter, somethings just can't be explained.

Lis said...

I love raisin cookies - especially the bigger cakey ones, so I'm happy you posted this, thanks!

Hey I only got a glimpse while I was home for lunch.. he might just go for white chili.. I'll write tonight.


tigerfish said...

Not only breakfast...can be afternoon tea and after-dinner's supper for me :D

Annie said...

Sounds like a good breakfast to me!

Sara said...

Tanna - if only I really COULD eat cookies for breakfast every day, the world would be a better place.

Lis -hope you try them, you'll love them.

Tigerfish and Annie - any time is a good time for a cookie.