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It’s Stacy — Healthy Eats: Christmas raisin cookies

Christmas filled cookies

Every My Great Grandmother, Arizona Henry, loved Christmas because she made cookies with her friends. My sister Lisa and I were made to stay in the other room while my Grandma and her friends made cookies all evening. Occasionally they would bring Lisa and me a bowl or spoon to lick. I guess they felt sorry for us.

We never bought gifts for anyone outside the family, so their gift from us was always a plate full of Grandma’s famous homemade cookies. I will share my Grandma’s favorite cookie recipe as this year’s Christmas present for all the readers of The Morgan Messenger.

There is nothing healthy about this cookie so eat in moderation as you enjoy your holiday with your family.

Raisin Filled Cookies


2 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup shortening

1 cup milk

2 tsp. baking soda

4 tsp baking powder

7 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Put all the above ingredients together, mix well, and refrigerate  for at least 1 hour.
  2. Roll out dough onto floured surface.
  3. Cut into circle with a cookie cutter or use a hard plastic cup.
  4. Place on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Fill with filling (see below).
  6. Add another cookie circle to top.
  7. Press the edge with your thumb or fork to close two cookies together.
  8. Bake on 300 for 14 minutes.



1 (12 oz.) box of raisins

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 cup black walnuts

2 -3 tbsp. cornstarch

  1. Heat raisins and water in a saucepan until tender.
  2. Add sugar and walnuts.
  3. Mix together well.
  4. Thicken with cornstarch. Filling should be pudding consistency.

Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.