Old-Fashioned Raisin-Filled Cookies Recipe

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:

Wednesday, January 14, 1914:  Did some experimenting in the baking line this afternoon. Didn’t turn out so bad either. That’s ‘bout all I can think of at present.

DSC08738.bHer middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:


What did you make?  Maybe some Raisin-Filled Cookies? I remember that we often had them during the winter when I was a kid. They made the perfect after-school snack on cold winter days.

Old-fashioned Raisin-Filled Cookies


3/4 cup raisins

2/3 cup brown sugar

3 tablespoons flour

2/3 cup water

Combine all filling ingredients and cook over medium heat until thick.


1/3 cup shortening

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/4 cup flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine shortening, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and soda; then stir in flour. Roll thin and cut into cookies using a round cutter. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Put a spoonful of filling (don’t overfill) in center of cookie. Top with another cookie that has a small circle cut in the center. Firmly press edges together.

Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until cookie is lightly browned.

I have a set of round fondant cut-out cutters. I used the large cutter to make the cookies—and then cut the hole in the center of the top cookies using the small cutter.

When I was a child we made cookies that were a little larger. We used a doughnut cutter that had a removable hole cutter.  We removed the hole cutter to make the bottom cookie.

21 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Raisin-Filled Cookies Recipe

  1. I LOVE raisin filled cookies! They were always one of my Dad’s favorites as well. He says my Grandmother made the very best. Sure wish I had her recipe. I found a recipe online last year, made a batch and sent them to Dad (all the way from Kentucky to Utah). It seems they were popular back in the day. Next time I make some I’ll give this recipe a try. 🙂

    1. It does seems like raisins were more popular years ago than what they are today. Since food options were more limited during the winter months back then, maybe raisins were considered a bit of delicacy back then.

      1. Yes…good point! I think raisins are under-appreciated now and we miss out on these tasty delicacies. There is a baker in the little town that Dad and Mom live in that makes raisin filled cookies. Whenever I am there visiting I make a run to the bakery to pick some up. Pretty uncommon to ever find these goodies. Best hang on to the recipe! 🙂

    1. The number would vary depending up the size of the cookie cutter, but for a 2 1/2 inch in diameter cookie it would make approximately 2 dozen cookies.

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