This is Dad's favorite recipe. He adores them. He loves them. He craves them! Gramma has been making these for a very long time and the recipe has been handed down to me. It's Christmas tradition that I make these cookies for Dad every year. I also make them for Father's Day :) It's a very easy present to make. And there's no chance that the Husband will steal any of the cookies - because they contain coconut.... and the Husband is allergic.
- 2 cups raisins
- 1 and 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup shortening (I use butter flavored)
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 4 cups flour - sifted
**Once - many many years ago - Mom and I made these and skipped the cooling step. What could it hurt? Well - it was hot and melted the chocolate chips. Oops. We apparently weren't thinking very clearly. So - do not skip the cooling step! It's important :) Also - do not double this recipe. It's already doubled, and if you try and double it again, it won't fit in the mixing bowl. Yes - I do know this from experience.
The Result: They turned out delicious as always. Since these cookies stay extremely moist, I cut out wax paper to put between each layer as I put the cooled cookies in Dad's special tin. I highly recommend doing this - if you don't, the cookies will stick together and you'll end up with a big glob instead of pretty individual cookies.
Dad is happy. Mission accomplished. I even took some left overs (the ones that didn't fit into Dad's special tin) to a party. Everyone who thought that they sounded good tried one and liked them. A lot of people don't care for coconut in their cookies - so they're not terribly popular. But everyone who likes coconut raves about them :) HOORAY!
Dad's Special Tin:
My family has a thing about the M&M guys. It all started with a gift set of M&M mugs. A yellow, a red, a blue, and a green. Dad liked the red guy. The blue one was playing a saxaphone, so it went to my sister. Mom got the green girl M&M since, well, Mom's a girl. So I got stuck with yellow. Who is portrayed as a happy-go-lucky character, but not the brightest bulb in the box. Oh well.