Toots Jumbo Raisin Cookies

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This recipe is old, from mid 1800's - Toots' fav cookies. She made them in batches that were huge. She wanted family to visit her, so she started baking cookies and freezing them in dozens of zip locks. And they came, grandkids just had to stop to say hi, my husband stopped in and ate them on the way home still frozen! Momma loved to bake and these are old fashion good...they simply say Toots

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  • add   4 cups flour
  • add   1 tsp baking power
  • add   1 tsp baking soda
  • add   1 tsp salt
  • add   1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • add   1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • add   1/4 tsp allspice
  • add   1 cup water w/2 tsp instant coffee mixed in it
  • add   2 cups raisins
  • add   1 cup shortening
  • add   2 cups sugar
  • add   3 eggs
  • add   1 tsp vanilla
  • add   1 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  1. Sift flower and dry ingredients into large bowl. Put water with the instant coffee and raisins and boil for 5 minutes until liquid is 1/2 cup - Cool. (mom did this the nite before she baked the cookies)
  2. Cream shortening, add sugar and blend well with eggs one at a time. Beating well after each egg. Add Vanilla, nuts and raisin mixture. Add four and dry ingredients and blend well.
  3. Drop by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Keep size of cookie the same for all. Bake 400 for 12 min This Makes 5 doz
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@SeniorCareTips 22:50, 09 Apr 2010

Toots (my mom) never made one batch she always doubled it and baked 10 sheets at a time. This would give her 12.5 doz using a small ice cream scoop. She would freeze them all and hand them out like gold --- every person known to man, loves this old cookie. Give it a try...it will last for ages in freezer.

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