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Soft Raisin Cookies

Soft Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup water
2 cups raisins
1 cup shortening
1-3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Combine water and raisins in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes; remove from the heat and let cool (do not drain).

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts and raisins.

Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.

Soft Raisin Cookies

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Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages (3-1/2 ounces each) cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding mix
3 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Combine the flour, pudding mixes, ginger, baking powder and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

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Italian Rainbow Cookies

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Ingredients
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
3-1/2 ounces almond paste, cut into small pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
6 to 8 drops red food coloring
6 to 8 drops green food coloring
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam

GLAZE:
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar 2-3 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add almond paste; mix well. Gradually add flour, butter, salt and extract.

Divide batter into thirds. Tint one portion red and one portion green; leave remaining portion plain. Spread one portion into each of three well-greased 11×7-in. baking dishes.

Bake 7-11 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and edges begins to brown. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

Place red layer on waxed paper; spread with 2 tablespoons jam. Top with plain layer and remaining jam. Add green layer; press down gently.
For glaze, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spread half over green layer. Refrigerate 20 minutes or until set. Turn over; spread remaining glaze over red layer. Refrigerate 20 minutes or until set.

With a sharp knife, trim edges. Cut rectangle lengthwise into fourths. Cut each portion into 1/4-in. slices. Yield: 11 dozen.

Recipe found here: Italian Rainbow Cookies

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Santa Claus Cookies

Santa Claus Cookies

Ingredients
12 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
1 package (1 pound) Nutter Butter sandwich cookies
Red colored sugar
32 vanilla or white chips
64 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
32 red-hot candies

Directions
In a microwave, melt white chocolate at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Dip one end of each cookie into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on wire racks. For Santa’s hat, sprinkle red sugar on top part of chocolate. Press one vanilla chip off-center on hat for pompom; let stand until set.

Dip other end of each cookie into melted chocolate for beard, leaving center of cookie uncovered. Place on wire racks. With a dab of melted chocolate, attach semisweet chips for eyes and a red-hot for nose. Place on waxed paper until set. Yield: 32 cookies.

Recipe found here: Santa Claus Cookies

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Italian Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

FROSTING:
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
Colored sprinkles

Directions
In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in ricotta and vanilla. Combine flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

In a large bowl, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies and immediately decorate with sprinkles. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 8-1/2 dozen.

Recipe found here: Italian Christmas Cookies

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Grandma Brubaker's Orange Cookies

Grandma Brubaker’s Orange Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
Pinch salt
Juice and peel of 2 medium navel oranges

ICING:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Directions
In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in egg yolks and buttermilk. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt; add alternately with orange juice and peel to creamed mixture. Add egg whites and beat until smooth.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes.

For icing, combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. Frost cookies when cool. Yield: about 6 dozen.

Recipe found here: Grandma Brubaker’s Orange Cookies

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Chewy Pecan Cookies

Chewy Pecan Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie or apple pie spice
2 cups quick-cooking oats
2 cups raisins
1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

Directions
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and pie spice; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the oats, raisins and nuts; mix well.

Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 5-6 dozen.

Recipe found here: Chewy Pecan Cookies Recipe

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