"I have long believed that good food, good eating is all about risk. Whether we're talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime 'associates,' food, for me, has always been an adventure."--Anthony Bourdain
2 C raisins, 1 C water, 1 C shortening, 2 C sugar, 3 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 C nuts (optional) 4 C flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp allspice.
In small saucepan boil raisins in water for 5 minutes. In the meantime cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs. Mix well. Add raisins to creamed mixture and add vanilla.. In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Drop a tsp at a time onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 400ºF until brown or 10-12 minutes.
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