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Sarah's Chewy Chocolate-Raisin Cookies


One of Santa's favorites, this cookie is dressed for the season with honey, cinnamon, and brandied golden raisins. You can substitute white chocolate with semisweet or bittersweet.

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2009


  • 1 cup golden raisins, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup fine sanding or granulated sugar


  1. Bring raisins and brandy to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and let stand for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, cocoa, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, the baking soda, and salt.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat butter and brown sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add honey, and beat until creamy. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture, and beat until combined. Drain raisins; discard liquid. Add raisins and chocolate to dough. Mix to combine.

  3. Whisk together sanding sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Scoop 2 tablespoons dough. Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture, and shape into a ball. Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture again to coat completely. Repeat with remaining dough. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart, as you work. Bake until just set and starting to crack, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets.

Cook's Notes

Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reviews Add a comment

  • ipoipo
    13 FEB, 2012
    I veganized these by replacing the butter with Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, and then replaced the honey with brown rice syrup. Texture very good, but the cinnamon was a bit overwhelming, so I would eliminate it from the sanding sugar.
  • tinjo
    22 JAN, 2011
    Very surprised to say this has become a favorite cookie recipe of the whole family. Friends are impressed with it too.
  • Ifancythetrio
    10 JAN, 2011
    These were surprisingly delicious. They are very sweet, but the combination of flavors is excellent. These were a favorite on my holiday cookie platter.
  • Americana
    30 DEC, 2010
    This is an odd recipe but it turned out awesome. Don't be alarmed the dough is very wet and sticky however it works,.....chewy,chocolatly,