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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.

  • yield: Makes about 2 dozen

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Ingredients

  • 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

Cook's Note

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

Directions

  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2009

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Reviews (4)

  • 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,