Raisin Cookies (Makes 5 dozen)
This outstanding cookie recipe comes from the family recipe collection of my friend, Mary Ellen Behm of Portage, Michigan. When she was assisting me with the creation of my first cookbook, House Specialties, I tasted my first raisin cookie. Ever since, they have been one of my very favorite cookies.
1 and 1/2 cups water
1 and 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 and 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1. In saucepan, combine water and raisins. Cook over medium heat until all of the water is absorbed. Cool.
2. In mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. Stir in raisins and vanilla.
4. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture and stir until flour disappears.
5. Drop dough from spoon into dish of granulated sugar, roll into ball and place on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
6. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven 12-15 minutes.