Grandma's Boiled Raisin Cookies

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

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.

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.
Most Helpful

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.

ladyfingers February 05, 2009

Thanks Alison, this recipe is as close as I have found to how my mom 7 grama made raisin cookies (missed getting this recipe from them) They are smooth and yummy - I will add a few more raisins next time because I love them!

kirstengaucher September 06, 2009