Grandma's Boiled Raisin Cookies

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Alison

I got this recipe from my mom, who got it from her mom. These are the best raisin cookies I have ever had. They stay very soft! Most people look skeptical of raisin cookies until they try these, and then they ask for the recipe.

Top Review by ladyfingers

Alison is right--these cookies are wonderfully soft, not overly-sweet and just delicious. Thanks for sharing a passed-down family recipe. I did use 1/2 C butter and 1/2 C Crisco (personal cookie preference) and did not grease the sheets. Had no trouble removing the cookies.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Bring water to boil in small pot, add raisans and boil 5 minutes. Cool. Do not drain water - it will be used in recipe.
  3. Cream shortening and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and beat well.
  5. Add cooled raisans with any left over water, and vanilla.
  6. Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and allspice to wet ingredients.
  7. Drop by teaspoon onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. This mixture is not meant to be really dry.
  8. Bake 10 minutes.

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