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Recipe of the Month

Desserts - Mom’s Soft Raisin Cookies

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 13/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 31/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Combine water and raisins 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 adding sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients, add to creamed mixture, and blend well. Fold in nuts and raisins. Drop by teaspoonful 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350º for 12-14 minutes.
Makes about 6 dozen.


Super Bowl snacks for February!

This February, your starting lineup needs to be filled with cheesy dips, spicy wings, crunchy mixes, and more in order to score a game-winning touchdown at your Super Bowl Sunday party. Even if you’re just watching for the halftime show, every gathering needs the perfect roster of snacks to munch on while watching the big game. Send us your favorite Super Bowl snacks—onion rings, buffalo dip, burger bites, or other delicious ideas. The person submitting the recipe judged best will be named “Cook of the Month” for the February Cooperator and receive $10. Others sending recipes chosen for publication will receive $5, and each winner will also receive a special “What’s Cookin’?” certificate.

Monday, Dec. 31 is the deadline for your Super Bowl snack recipes.

Don't forget: Only recipes that include complete, easy-to-follow instructions will be considered for publication. Several recipes are disqualified because they do not contain all the information that we feel we needed to prepare the dishes successfully. Recipes featured in "What's cookin'?" are not independently tested, so we must depend on the accuracy of the cooks sending them. Always use safe food-handling, preperation, and cooking procedures.

Send your entries to: Recipes, Tennessee Cooperator, P.O. Box 3003, LaVergne, TN 37086. You can submit more than one recipe in the same envelope.  You can also e-mail recipes to:

Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and the Co-op with which you do business. It's important that your Co-op be included because we want to give it recognition if your recipe is printed. Recipes that appear in the "What's cookin'?" column will also be published on Tennessee Farmers Cooperative's Web site at
Submitted By: Joyce Hickerson
Coffee Farmers Co-op
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