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       Title: Raisin Cookies
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 30 servings
       2 c  Raisins
       1 c  Water
       1 c  Shortening
   1 3/4 c  Sugar
       2    Eggs
       1 ts Vanilla extract
   3 1/2 c  All-purpose flour
       1 ts Baking powder
       1 ts Baking soda
     1/2 ts Salt
     1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
     1/2 ts Ground nutmeg
       1 c  Pecans or walnuts; chopped
   Recipe by: Southern Living
   Preparation Time: 0:15
   Combine raisins and water in a medium saucepan; bring to a
   boil, and boil about 3 minutes.  Cool.  (Do not drain.)
   Cream shortening; gradually add sugar, beating at medium
   speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Add
   eggs; beat well.  Stir in raisins (with liquid) and
   vanilla. Combine remaining ingredients except pecans;
   gradually add to raisin mixture, stirring after each
   addition.  Stir in pecans. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls 2
   inches apart onto well-greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375
   degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned.  Cool on
   wire racks. (Cookies will be soft.)  Yield:  5 dozen.