I often bring goodies to the office–it’s my way of getting yaya’s out and baking, while not consuming all those calories (of course I keep a few for myself)! I mean, there is just no dessert or cookie recipe out there “for one” (or two or three or four). It’s quite difficult, especially with cookies, to pare down those recipes to a few cookies, too.
A couple weeks ago I went to Elat Market in Los Angeles and bought my usual stash of really thick good pita, a big bag of delicious Persian nougat, and various Persian cookies. I fell in love with the raisin cookies that I bought, and got a real hankering to make more Persian food at home (where oh where can I find a recipe for Persian nougat, the kind that is soft and perfumed with rosewater?).
So when my new Persian cookbook called New Food of Life by Najmieh Batmanglij arrived, I immediately thumbed through it looking for my favorite dishes.
It just so happens that a couple employees who usually work remotely are visiting the office–these same employees usually miss out on the homemade treats I bring into the office. So I decided to make some raisin cookies.
Though I love chocolate chip cookies, these are a welcome break from the usual. These cookies are very crisp and buttery–and the raisins are an unexpected yet very welcome texture. I used currants, which I like even better than normal raisins in these cookies. The ingredient list is very short and the cookies are easy to make, using very familiar ingredients in a Western pantry. The key to making these crisp cookies is melting the butter beforehand–it makes a very goopy cookie dough so you will get your fingers a bit messy when you drop the teaspoons onto the cookie sheet.
The book says the recipe makes 90 cookies–I halved the recipe and ended up with about 50 cookies.
Recipe follows after the jump…
RAISIN COOKIES (or Nan-e keshmeshy)
From New Food of Life by Najmieh Batmanglij
Makes: 90 cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 cups raisins (I used currants)
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spread out wax paper on a cookie sheet. (I used a silpat liner)
2. In a mixing bowl, combine melted butter, vanilla, and sugar; then add the eggs one at a time. Mix well until creamy.
3. Add raisins and mix well.
4. Fold in the flour until a soft dough forms.
5. Drop teaspoonfuls of batter on the wax paper, leaving about 2 inches between each spoonful.
6. Place the cookie sheet in the center of the oven and bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until slightly golden.
7. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool. Gently lift the cookies off the wax paper.