Saturday, August 13, 2011

Poor Man's Cookies

This cookie recipe has been handed down generation to generation in my family. I can remember my grandmother baking these cookies for all of our family reunions, for Christmas dinner, for Easter dinner and any other time that she was asked to bring a dessert to an event.

With just a handful of basic pantry ingredients, I imagine that the recipes comes from the Depression Era. Baking them takes me back to my younger years and the memories make me smile.

Poor Man's Cookies

1 c. golden raisins
1 1/2 c. water
1 stick of butter
2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
3/4 c. walnuts, finely crushed - I used
glazed pecans because that's what I had
on hand

Add raisins and water to a medium-sized pot. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Add the stick of butter and stir until the butter is melted. Set aside to cool.

Mix together flour, sugar, salt. Stir in crushed nuts.

In a separate bowl, lightly whip the egg and vanilla, using a fork. Stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix well.

Add the raisins and all of the liquid in the pot. Stir until completely mixed together. Set aside and allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes.

Spray a small baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cookie batter into the baking sheet. Spread the batter out evenly.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. Start checking the cookies after 18 minutes. Mine were done in exactly 20 minutes.

Cool the cookies in the pan. Glaze while still warm to the touch.

Glaze Recipe

2 c. powdered sugar
3 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
4 tbsp. butter, very soft or melted

Beat all ingredients together until smooth.

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scrambledhenfruit said...

Grandma's recipes are always the best! These look really yummy. :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds good, but wondering; is 1/4 CUP of salt correct? Thanks

Tami said...


Thanks for pointing that out! That was a big typo. It should say 1/4 tsp. salt. I've fixed it now. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, sounds great, and I have everything on hand already. Can't wait to try it..

Anonymous said...

I don't have a blog so I signed my comment as anonymous...I am actually Queen of Hoot. I will figure this out sometime hopefully. Not real computer

Anonymous said...

what temperature would the oven be? 350 perhaps?

Megan said...

These are an old family recipe for us, too! Our recipe uses regular raisins and adds cinnamon/allspice/cloves &/or nutmeg, too. I've recently started making it with craisins and adding orange & almond extracts to the icing. So yummy! I'm glad to have this link now to share w/ friends when they ask me for the recipe. :)

Anonymous said...

I am guessing the baking soda should be added with the dry ingredients

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