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Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe

Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe

This recipe of rum and raisins cookies is very close to my heart. While I was growing up, I remember that this recipe was made in every household as a quick sweet snack. My mother used to make the cookies all the time, so they taste like “home” when I make them. The cookies were also available for purchase in every pastry shop or bakery in Bucharest. This cookie is as traditional for Romanians as the chocolate chip cookie is for Americans. We make them on Sundays, for parties and family reunions or holidays and anytime we are in the mood for something sweet and easy to put together.

Also, they are crunchy outside and soft inside and the rum flavor makes them to be different from any regular cookie I had before. As you can tell, I just love them. The recipe is also very simple.

Enjoy the recipe !

Tips: You can play with the ingredients. If you do not like raisins, replace them with dry cherries or cranberries, or a mixture of them.  I made a batch with walnuts also, but you can mix the dry fruit and the nuts and use them in the batter. I bet you can put chocolate chips also, but I never tried that yet. I was just trying to keep them traditional as we did not have chocolate chips in Romania.

Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of powder sugar
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon rum flavor
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cream the butter with the powder sugar until smooth.
  3. Incorporate the eggs one by one.
  4. Add the flour gradually.
  5. Add the raisins and the rum flavor to the batter. Mix to incorporate all ingredients.
  6. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and drop with the spoon small balls of batter leaving 1-2 inches distance between them. Cookies will spread a lot.
  7. Bake the cookies in the oven for no more than 10 mins. Keep an eye on them, as they should be in the oven only until they become lightly golden brown at the edges.
  8. Leave them on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer them to a rack to cool.

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  1. My son is presenting a project about Romanian foods at school, and he chose these cookies to make to share with his classmates… we are excited to try them! Before we make them, I wanted to check with you to make sure I am reading correctly – you use powdered sugar, not granulated? I have never used powdered sugar in a cookie recipe, so I’m interested to see how it turns out! 🙂

    1. Hi Sara, I am so happy to hear about your son and the project about Romanian foods. He cannot go wrong with these cookies. Yes, there is powder sugar in them instead of granulated. You are right. If you’re using the sugar for creaming (with fat), you generally need to use a coarser sugar. The coarser sugar doesn’t dissolve too quickly, therefore it allows the air to be incorporated in the batter. But these cookies are flat, as they expand a lot during baking and this is how they should be, for being traditional. The texture is a little bit crunchy outside and soft inside. Make sure to use the rum essence, this will give the cookie the traditional taste, otherwise they are quite bland as they don’t have other flavors. Add raisins, walnuts, or both. Bake them for only 10 minutes, otherwise they dry out. Let me know if you liked them. My nephew is 8 years old and his favorite cookies are those. He asks for them as snacks in his lunch box at school or when he goes on a school trip. They are delicious! Good luck and thank you for visiting!

      1. Thank you for getting back with me! The cookies were a hit! Turned out great, and all 3 of my kids are asking me to make them again!

  2. Is there Romanian name for these cookies? We are going to try them for my daughter’s Around the World birthday party. I am very excited. I always love anything with rum flavoring. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Yes, these cookies are called: Fursecuri cu Stafide si Rom(Foor-sai-coore coo Stafeedai shee Rom)- I hope you can read it 🙂 Somebody else made these cookies for a child party and they were a hit! they are really delicious! Good luck and thank you for visiting!

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