Raisin Puff Cookies (Heirloom Recipe)



An overlooked heirloom cookie recipe, that is very good, is raisin puff cookies. I have been making these since childhood for the fall and winter holidays. My family loves these and they are not expensive to make. I like to make mine with butter but they were originally made with lard or shortening. Margarine will make them spread too much while baking and you want them to be a soft cookie. The closes commercial cookie to this recipe is Archway Soft Raisin cookies.

You start out by cooking your raisins in water until all the liquid is absorbed. You let them cool and chill them. I like to do this the night before. The raisins need to be cold when mixed into the dough and since the raisins are soft you have to mix them by hand. The mixer will mash them into the dough. Also the dough needs to be chilled for a hour so you can work with it and returning it to the refrigerator as the trays of cookies bake. They get their name because they puff up during baking and then settle down when cooled. This recipe makes 6 dozen cookies. They make great gifts and at my house they just disappear.


Raisin Puff Cookies

  • Servings: 60 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup shortening or butter ( no margarine)
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts


Cook raisins in 1 cup of water until all the water is absorbed. Chill until cold. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside. Cream sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla with electric mixer. Slowly add sifted flour to creamed mixture until smooth and blended. Hand stir in cold raisins and walnuts. Chill for at least and hour.

Roll dough into balls the size of walnuts. If the dough gets too sticky and soft return to refrigerator. ( I like to do all the ball rolling before I get ready to bake. I just put the balls in another bowl in the refrigerator until all the dough is rolled into balls.) Return bowl to refrigerator while baking. This recipe makes 6 dozen cookies.

Pre heat oven 350 degrees F. and prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper or spray with vegetable spray.

Place chilled balls 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 min. until done. They will puff up while baking but will settle down as they cool. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    I like the idea of two different kinds of raisins and it would be very easy to turn this into a vegan treat. Thanks for sharing …

    Happy day…


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Yes it would. These went really fast at my house. Well worth the effort. thanks for stopping in.


  2. Chef Emil says:

    I have never seen a recipe using both golden and dark raisins and also never seen a recipe whereby you rehydrate the raisins…..I am so very curious……this one I must try today!


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      My family loves them. I had to hid some for a picture. I am lucky if they last a few days. I am surprised that you have not seen cookies that you have to soak raisins first. If I had some liquor I would have soaked them in that. Everything has to be cold so they puff more. They will do it if you don’t but cold the kids like to watch them through the glass on the oven door. This is a family recipe from my Great Aunt. Thanks for stopping in.


  3. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m not at all familiar with puff cookies but these sounds really good. Rehydrating the raisins is always a good idea; using liquor even better. 🙂


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      These cookies bring back memories of snowy days when I was a kid. Cooks used to rehydrate raisins before they used them and you find them in really old cookbooks using liquor or wiskey to do it with or the way I posted it. Thanks for stopping in.


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I followed the links and got a great idea for a grape pie. I have 2 cans of green grapes that I found a couple of months ago really cheap and have not figured out what to do with them. Also I had bought some dried lavender to use to flavor baking so stay tuned for a grape lavender pie. Thanks for the site. I put it in my favorits. My garden is up and looks good. I planted a winter garden so we will see how it works out. I missed you at chat tonight. Moat said you were in Pa.


  4. I wish I some some now! I love how simple your recipes are!


    1. trkingmomoe says:

      The simplicity has to do with the very small food budget I have. I end up making basic recipes that comes out of old vintage cookbooks. This is a good recipe that I need to repost it in a smaller batch. Thanks for your nice comment.

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