By Kevin Williams
This is Brehtren raisin-filled cookie recipe that does very well on Amish365 but I hadn't had any photos to show for it - until now. This recipe is an old Brethren recipe, the German Baptist Brethren are a sect very much like the Amish, but a bit more progressive, allowing for electricity and motorized vehicles. Cooking and baking styles, however, are quite similar to the Amish, perhaps a bit more elegant.
The German Baptist Brethren dress plainly, so they are often mistaken for Amish. But most German Baptists drive cars and have electricity with the exception of the Old Order German Baptists. Most German Baptists live in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Kansas. A few churches are in California.
Reader Patricia P. in Kentucky tested this recipe for us and shared her photos with us.
Patricia said these cookies go well with a cup of tea and that the dough is sugar cookie-like and the raisin filling is sweet. Patricia said that she had an old thimble, but if you don't just cut a small hole or slit.
- RETHREN RAISIN-FILLED COOKIES
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup shortening (lard or butter)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- Approx 6 cups of flour
- 2 cups ground raisins
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1 /2 cups chopped walnuts
- Cook filling ingredients in a medium saucepan until it thickens. Add walnuts.
- Roll dough out very thin. Using a 3-inch wide biscuit or doughnut cutter, cut enough to fill a cookie sheet. Put a tablespoon full or a nice big blob of filling in the center of each cookie. Now, using the same cookie cutter cut tops of each cookie. Using a thimble, cut a hole in the center of each of the “top” cookies on each of the raisin blobs, sealing all around with fingertips. Bake at 375 until done, usually not being brown at all.