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  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup California Raisins, (golden raisins, coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped salted mixed nuts (no peanuts)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons water


  1. Whisk flour and raisins together in a bowl, then using your fingers, separate any clumps of raisins.
  2. Beat butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add marmalade; beat until blended. Add egg yolk; beat until blended. Add half the  flour mixture; mix well. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Add remaining flour mixture; mix well. Add nuts; stir until distributed evenly. Place bowl in freezer 15 minutes to chill.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. After chilling, shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on pans 2-inches apart. Flatten balls to 1/4-inch thickness using the palm of your hand or the tines of a fork. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are golden. Remove from oven and let cool 2 minutes on baking pans, then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. To prepare icing, melt butter and cook over medium heat until browned. Pour butter into a small bowl and stir in marmalade. Add powdered sugar and 3 teaspoons water; beat with a spoon until smooth. Add remaining water if necessary in tiny amounts until you reach spreading consistency. Swirl about 1-teaspoonful icing over tops of cooled cookies.
*Notes: To prevent raisins from sticking together, the night before baking, refrigerate in a shallow dish in a single layer. Hand chop or process raisins to coarse consistency pulsing about 6 to 8 times in a food processor. When flattening dough balls, if fork sticks to dough, spray the tines lightly with cooking spray. Recipe by Barbara Estabrook

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