Mother's Iced Raisin Cookies

Recreating the Classic: Mother’s Iced Raisin Cookies

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If you’re a fan of nostalgic homemade treats, you’ve likely come across the beloved classic – Mother’s Iced Raisin Cookies. These cookies, with their sweet raisins and delightful icing, have been a source of comfort and joy for many. While Mother’s brand cookies are no longer available, you can still savor the delicious taste of these cookies by making your own. Let’s dive into the world of copycat Mother’s Iced Raisin Cookies.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Before we embark on the journey of recreating these delightful cookies, let’s gather our ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) or 4 oz (112 g) of butter
  • 1 cup (180 g) of soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups (225 g) of plain flour (All-purpose)
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tsp each of ground cinnamon and Mixed Spice (All Spice / Pumpkin pie spice)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp of soured cream
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • 1/2 cup or 3 1/2 oz (100 g) of raisins
  • 1 cup (110 g) of icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla essence

Now that we have our ingredients ready, let’s move on to the steps for crafting these delightful cookies.

Baking Instructions

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (180°C) or gas mark 4.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
  3. Gradually add the beaten egg to the mixture, making sure to beat well after each addition.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the plain flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, mixed spice, and a pinch of salt.
  5. Now, fold the sifted dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, alternating with the soured cream, milk, and raisins. This will create a wonderfully textured cookie dough.
  6. Using a tablespoon, drop portions of the cookie dough onto a greased baking sheet. Be sure to leave enough space between them to allow for spreading during baking.
  7. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the cookies turn a beautiful shade of brown.
  8. Once baked to perfection, remove the cookies from the oven.
  9. In a separate bowl, sift the icing sugar and then stir in 3 tablespoons of boiling water along with the vanilla essence.
  10. Generously brush this icing mixture over the still-warm cookies. This will give them that signature iced finish.
  11. Return the cookies to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. This step allows the icing to set beautifully.
  12. Once done, remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.

An Alternative Icing Option

If you’d like to try an alternative method for the icing, here’s what you can do:

  1. Once the cookies have cooled on the rack, sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of meringue powder to the icing sugar.
  3. Whisk in the vanilla essence and boiling water until you have a smooth and glossy icing.
  4. Now, spread this icing generously over the cookies and allow it to dry.

Savoring the Nostalgia

There you have it – a batch of delightful copycat Mother’s Iced Raisin Cookies ready to be enjoyed. These cookies capture the essence of nostalgia and homemade goodness, making them perfect for sharing with loved ones or savoring on your own.

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