Sharing Joy: Cookies for Christmas


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By Jane Stahl

For my husband’s 50th birthday, I gave him gifts of things he loved—in sets of 50. So, he received 50 bars of Dove soap, 50 rolls of toilet paper, 50 bottles of Scope mouthwash, 50 clams…and, among other items, 50 raisin drop cookies. I think he ate at least half of those cookies in one sitting.

Sadly, however, I don’t think I’ve made them for him since, and he’s 76 now. And so, chagrined, I found a note on Boyertown’s “Before I Die” wall this past summer with the message I presume he added expressing his hope to eat raisin drop cookies at least once more in this lifetime! And because he’s tough to buy for, his message became a great idea for Christmas!  Here's the recipe:

Raisin Drop Cookies
1 pound of raisins (pre-soaked for a few hours or overnight)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup shortening
3 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder

Drop from spoon. Bake 8-11 minutes at 350 degrees. Shuffle racks to avoid over-browning bottoms. 

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