Raisin Pie Shortbread Cookies

4.67 from 6 votes

These Raisin Pie Shortbread Cookies taste just like a piece of delicious raisin pie! Ready to eat in under 2 hours! A must-try cookie recipe!

raisin pie cookies

My mom is always trying to find some of her old family recipes to share with me for this blog. She recently shared a handwritten recipe titled Raisin Pie Shortbread Cookies. The problem was that the instructions were incomplete. Like seriously incomplete.

I made it a challenge to figure out how to make these cookies with only the ingredients and a few scribbles for the instructions. Not an easy task. And I am doing all of this when my wife does not like raisins. Thank God she can bring them to work!

raisin pie cookies

My Mom’s Raisin Pie recipe is one of the most popular recipes on my blog. Unusual to many but absolutely delicious.

I love the raisin filling in that pie so when Mom said she had a recipe for sugar cookies with a raisin filling, well I needed to make it as soon as I could.

raisin pie cookies

Turns out the process for making the filling for these cookies is very similar to that of the raisin pie. Actually the flavor profile of these cookies is very similar to that of my raisin pie.

raisin pie cookies
Tips
  • Don’t you hate it when raisins get stuck together in a big clump? To unstick the raisins, wet your hands with a little water then work the raisins apart.
  • The dough for this recipe is very sticky. You will need to use a lot of flour when you roll it out. This is normal and you didn’t do anything wrong. Just be mindful that you will need more than the 2 cups of all purpose flour the recipe calls for.
raisin pie cookies

You will need the following ingredients to make this Raisin Pie Shortbread Cookies recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • White Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Baking Powder
  • Shortening
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Raisins
  • Water
  • Lemon Juice
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the salt, eggs, flour and milk. Continue to mix until just about all of the flour is incorporated.
  2. Add the baking powder, baking soda and vanilla extract and mix to combine. The dough will be very soft and sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and a 1/4 cup of the water to form a paste. Stir in the remaining water, lemon juice and raisins.
  2. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture thickens and the raisins plump, about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool to room temperature before using it.
    raisin pie shortbread cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Using about 1/3 of the dough at a time, roll out the dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/8-inch thickness. Use as much flour as necessary to roll it out without it sticking.
  3. Cut the dough into rounds using a 2 3/4 inch cookie cutter. Place one on the prepared baking sheet, spoon 1 generous teaspoon of the raisin filling onto the circle and then top with another round of dough. There is no need to seal them shut as they will while baking. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
    raisin pie shortbread cookies
    raisin pie shortbread cookies
    raisin pie shortbread cookies
  4. Bake the cookies until lightly golden brown on top, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
    raisin pie shortbread cookies

Printable Recipe Card

raisin pie cookies

Raisin Pie Shortbread Cookies

These Raisin Pie Shortbread Cookies taste just like a piece of delicious raisin pie! Ready to eat in under 2 hours! A must-try cookie recipe!
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Author Rodney
Servings 20 Cookies
Calories 177 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Saucepan
  • Baking Sheet
  • Wire Rack

Ingredients
 

Cookie Dough
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • ½ Cup Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • 1 ½ Tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Filling
  • 1 Cup Raisins
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • ½ Cup White Sugar
  • ½ Cup Water, lukewarm
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

Make the Cookie Dough
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the salt, eggs, flour and milk. Continue to mix until just about all of the flour is incorporated.
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda and vanilla extract and mix to combine. The dough will be very soft and sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Make the Raisin Filling
  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and a 1/4 cup of the water to form a paste. Stir in the remaining water, lemon juice and raisins.
  • Over medium heat, cook until the mixture thickens and the raisins plump, about 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool to room temperature before using it.
Make the Cookies
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Using about 1/3 of the dough at a time, roll out the dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/8-inch thickness. Use as much flour as necessary to roll it out without it sticking.
  • Cut the dough into rounds using a 2 3/4 inch cookie cutter. Place one on the prepared baking sheet, spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the raisin filling onto the circle and then top with another round of dough. There is no need to seal them shut as they will while baking. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  • Bake the cookies until lightly golden brown on top, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 66mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 164IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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2 Comments

  1. Pam says:

    I used to love raisins but haven’t been a fan of them for years. However, when I was offered one of these cookies I was hesitant but decided to try them. They are DELICIOUS! The cookie is so tasty and the raisin filling makes for a delicious treat! I will definitely be making these cookies.

  2. Sharon says:

    These cookies are the best I have tasted in a long time. The shortbread cookie is so moist and melts in your mouth. The filling is easy to make and oh so tasty. I do agree that you need more flour than the recipe calls for to roll them out so they do not stick to your baking sheet. I will definitely make them again.

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