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Raisin and Nut Filled Cookies

Cookies are one of my favorite baked treats. These raisin and nut filled cookies are perfect to add to your cookie tray for serving guests or for gifting at Christmas.  They are good plain or dusted with icing sugar.

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  1. In a small saucepan, combine raisins, sugar, and flour. Add boiling water, stirring constantly until thickened. 
  2. Remove from heat, add vanilla, lemon zest, and chopped walnuts. Set aside and cool completely.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Stir in egg, vanilla, and lemon juice.
  3. Add sour cream alternately with combined dry ingredients until dough is well blended.
  4. Roll dough 1/8" thick.
  5. Cut with a 2" cookie cutter 
  6. Place a teaspoon of filling in the middle of a cookie, place another cookie on top and press around the edges lightly to seal.
  7. Bake in a 350ยบ oven for 10 minutes or just until lightly golden.
  8. Cool on rack.
  9. Yield: 2 dozen filled cookies.


  1. I haven't saw these in ages, my Gram made them for us, so good! Yours look delicious!

  2. Yummy! They look great and walnuts are a traditional holiday ingredient to me! Your cookies look PERFECT! Have a great week, Ellen!

  3. I wonder if the filling tastes like mincemeat? Sort of like a mini mincemeat pie. Yummy!

  4. They look wonderful and sound really delicious! Love pastries and cookies that have sour cream!

  5. OMYGOODNESS...these look so so good.

  6. I have been looking for a recipe like this. I grew up with my mother and grandmother making them every year at the Christmas season. They were little and not so little packages of deliciousness! I can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks.

  7. These bring back memories of my grandmothers crock full of them covered in powdered sugar,could not wait to reach my hand in there and grab one!


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