Friday, November 5, 2010
Grandma Walden's "Raisin Puffs" a.k.a. Crack Cookies
1 cup water
1 cup raisins (cranberries also work but I prefer raisins)
scant 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter,softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon mixed with 1/2 cup sugar
In a saucepan, boil raisins in water until water is gone. Cool. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, butter until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Add dry ingredients, beat until blended, and add raisins.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper because I'm anal retentive) and bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes (at 7,000 feet; lower altitude takes 10-12 minutes). DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cookies will get firmer as they cool.
Yield: about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
source: Grandma Walden's recipe