Helen’s Raisin Drop Cookies

These cookies taste like raisin-filled but are a lot less work.

Original recipe makes 4 dozen


1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups raisins, soaked in water and drained
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Mix in the flour and baking soda until combined. Then stir in the raisins just enough to distribute evenly.
  3. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool on wire racks.


Calories: 239 kcal
Carbohydrates: 36.1 g
Cholesterol: 35 mg
Fat: 9.6 g
Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 3.3 g
Sodium: 66 mg