Soft Raisin Cookies


1 cup water

2 cups raisins

1 cup shortening

1-3/4 cups sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Combine raisins and water in a small saugepan; bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes; remove from heat and let cool (do not drain).

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening; gradually add sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly. Stir in nuts and raisins.

Drop by teaspoonfulls 2 inches apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cook. YIELD: 6 dozen.

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