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Raisin-Filled Cookies

Our family has been making these flavorful cookies for years and years. We love the sweet raisin filling hidden in each cookie. &Mdash; Barbara Noel, Junction City, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1-1/2 cup seedless raisins


  • In a large bowl, cream sugars and butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle.
  • For filling, in a saucepan, combine the cornstarch, flour and brown sugar. Stir in water until smooth. Add raisins. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir and cook for 3 minutes or until thickened. Cool.
  • On a floured surface, roll out dough into 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-in.-round cookie cutters. Spoon 2 teaspoons filling on top of half the circles and top each with another circle. Pinch edges together and cut slit in top.
  • Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-13 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 351 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • Phyllis
    Oct 28, 2020

    I use my mom’s recipe for the dough. Unfortunately, she didn’t write down how she did the raisins. My raisins get so thick and sticky so I’m going to try this recipe. I also do dates. Could I follow this recipe and use dates?

  • Cynthia
    Feb 11, 2018

    I am wondering if two tablespoons of vanilla is correct. Should it be two teaspoons?

  • Brenda
    Dec 19, 2017

    This is wonderful recipe! My husband loves them!

  • Lisa
    Jan 21, 2017

    Awesome cookie!....Easy and tasteful. Reminds my boyfriend of his mother's cookie, His favorite!!!!

  • Dee k
    Jul 18, 2016

    This recipe comes from the Rebecca cook book..It is an old recipe & very good. My family loves them.The men seem to really like them.I am making some today to send to my son in OK. ! They R worth the time making them.

  • gommyof5
    Dec 20, 2015

    My grandma's filled cookies were very much like these. They have been a family favorite for generations--especially with the men. In my dad's later years, I always baked/made his favorite cookies, muffins and candies (at gift holidays) for him. The first time, I got this HUGE smile and hug for my gift to him. My sis said she shopped for something for months and all I had to do was make him his favorite sweets. I reminded her that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!!

  • kzdrowak820
    Feb 9, 2014

    I normally don't like raisins, but these are amazing. You just can't beat the slight taste of nutmeg and satisfying filling.

  • PANgreeneyes
    Dec 26, 2013

    These cookies taste just like my grandma used to make. My husband and kids loved them!

  • Restyer
    Dec 14, 2013

    Just like grandma used to make

  • DaPeach-a-DaCook
    Jan 9, 2013

    This was my favorite cookie growing up. My Mom passed away in 2004. She had given me her receipe box which disapeared. We didn't use nutmeg or buttermilk, this receipe was very good with a new twist.