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How To Make Homemade Raisins


If you’re looking for a good raisin cookie recipe, here’s my grandma’s. These cookies are big, soft, and oh-so-delicious! Not only are raisins a naturally sweet treat, they’re also a healthy choice, and are great to have in the kitchen to satisfy a sudden sweet tooth. When your homemade raisins are ready, you can enjoy them in your morning oatmeal, as a healthy and delicious snack, or in a batch of warm, delicious cookies. Mmmmm. :-)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 60 Cookies
Calories: 86 kcal
Author: Jill Nystul


  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the raisins and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture.
  4. Stir in nuts and raisins with liquid.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 62mg2%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.