Combine raisins and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes; remove from heat and let cool. (Do not drain). In a mixing bowl, cream shortening; gradually add sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly. Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-14 minutes. Yield: About 6 dozen.
By Robin from Washington, IA
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