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Raisin Filled Cookies – made as cookie bars

Raisin Filled Cookies. Made as cookie bars. The recipe uses a soft cookie dough in a time saving, easy, no-roll method to enjoy all the flavour of the old fashioned favourite in less time.

Raisin Filled Cookies

Raisin Filled Cookies

Thinking of raisin filled cookies, I remember years ago, a friend’s grandmother used to make little pastry cookies with a raisin filling. She made them as little round turnovers with a sweet raisin filling.

Sometimes, though,  she’d cut out smaller circles of dough and place the filling in the centre before topping with another round of pastry.

Close up stock photo of golden raisins for butter tarts

I’ve used sultana raisins in my version but you can use golden raisins too.

Now I say pastry but it was somewhere between a pastry and a soft cookie texture. Although many people are not raisin filled cookies fans, I couldn’t get enough of them.

I’d still love to have her original recipe but she has since passed and I’ve lost touch with that old friend. So, I don’t know if it’s even possible to get it now.

A triggered memory.

When I recently saw a photo of a raisin cookie bar, I was reminded of that recipe and decided to try a version of my own. I decided to  use a soft cookie dough similar to the recipe I saw and my own raisin pie filling for the centre.

In other filled cookie bars I’ve made, I rolled out the dough for the top and bottom layers but I like this method of just pressing it into a plastic wrap lined pan to form the top cookie layer. You’ll probably agree it’s much easier and less fussy.

If you are not a fan of raisin filled cookies, try another filling like apple or cherry. I’ll be experimenting with more versions of this recipe myself soon.

Preparing the dough/pans for the raisin filled cookies.

Line the pan with plastic wrap and press cookie dough into pan.

Line the pan with plastic wrap and press cookie dough into pan.

Lift that layer of cookie dough from the pan and set aside. This will become the top layer.

After pressing the other half of the cookie dough into the bottom of a parchment lined pan and adding the filling, flip the first layer of dough on top of the raisin layer.

Originally published Jan 2016. Updated Aug 2020.

UPDATE!

I’ve tried this recipe as Raspberry Filled Cookie Bars and they are so utterly delicious as well!

Raspberry Filled Cookie Bars close up image

Raspberry Filled Cookie Bars

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Raisin Filled Cookies
Yield: 24

Raisin Filled Cookies - made as cookie bars

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Raisin Filled Cookies - made as cookie bars. The recipe uses a soft cookie dough in a time saving, easy, no-roll method to enjoy all the flavour of the old fashioned favourite in less time.

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, optional
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch

For the cookie dough

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Instructions

To prepare the filling

  1. Prepare the filling before the dough so that it can cool down before being used.
  2. To a small pot, add the raisins, water, butter, salt and vanilla. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix together the cinnamon, brown sugar and corn starch until well combined.
  4. Add slowly to the boiling raisin mixture, stirring constantly.
  5. Cook for another few minutes, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and becomes the consistency of pie filling.
  6. Remove from heat and transfer to a glass bowl to cool. Cool for at least a half hour, stirring it ever few minutes before using it to fill the cookie bars.

To prepare the cookie dough

  1. Cream the butter, vanilla and sugar well.
  2. Beat in the egg.
  3. Sift together the flour and baking powder and fold into the creamed mixture until a soft dough forms.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
  5. Line a 9x9 inch baking pan with plastic wrap and press one half of the dough evenly into the bottom of the lined pan. Lift the flattened dough out onto a cookie sheet, still keeping it on the plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  6. Lightly grease the 9x9 inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper for easy removal of the cookie bars when they are baked.
  7. Press the other half of the dough evenly into the bottom of the parchment lined pan. I use the back of a tablespoon to smooth it out evenly.
  8. Spread the raisin filling evenly over the base layer.
  9. Take the dough square from the fridge and flip it onto the filling layer. Peel off the plastic wrap and press down lightly on the dough with the backs of your fingers to release any air pockets trapped under the dough.
  10. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-35 minutes until lightly golden brown on top.
  11. Cool completely before cutting into squares or bars.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 150Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 20mgSodium 80mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 1gSugar 15gProtein 2g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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marlene harkcom

Sunday 14th of February 2021

I don't own a 9x9 pan. Should I use an 8x8 resulting in thicker layers or a 9x13?

Betty power

Saturday 5th of September 2020

Hello Barry, Many thanks for the recipe Raisin cookie squares. Made the squares and they were so damn delicious, I ate them all myself. Thanks

Debby

Saturday 5th of September 2020

Tip needed: when I tried to flip the Chilled dough over The raisin it crumbled, I could not flip it in one piece.

It was well chilled, looked great and solid enough before I attempted to flip it.

Many thanks

Andrea Coysh

Thursday 13th of August 2020

Re; Raising filled cookie bars, have you ever tried them with a date filling? I was thinking that would work.

Josette

Monday 20th of May 2019

Love this recipe! I've made it with raisins, raspberry, mixed berries - all delicious! I'm planning for a family gathering and was wondering If there is any part of this recipe I can make a few days ahead?

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