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Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe

This Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe comes from Romania. The cookies are flavored with rum, are very easy to make, and taste delicious.

Serve them next to a cup of your favorite tea, or coffee and enjoy an old recipe that is very traditional in Romania.

Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe on a white and blue plate next to a cup of coffee

Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe

This recipe of rum and raisins cookies is very close to my heart. While 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.

rum raisins cookies on a grey and white plate next to a tea pot

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.

We like cookies but as far as I know, the Romanian cuisine does not have a lot of cookie recipes.

We usually call them “fursecuri” and they are more like a fancy treat and an inspiration from the German, Austrian, Hungarian or French cuisines.

These cookies are crunchy outside and soft inside, and the rum flavor makes them different from any regular cookie I had before. As you can tell, I love them.

The recipe is also very easy to make. My nephew, who is 10 years old, knows how to make them, and he also asks for them when he goes on trips with his school.

He loves to snack on them in the bus while he travels, so his mom always makes a batch for him before the event.

Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe- on a baking tray

This recipe calls for two cups of powder sugar. The amount of sugar might seem high, but I assure you that it is the right amount for the recipe.

After all, we don’t need to eat all the cookies in one shot and it is the perfect treat when you have a sweet tooth.

rum raisins cookies on a white and grey plate next to a tea pot
  • This dough spreads a lot in the oven. One secret would be to keep the dough in the fridge and move quickly when you make the cookies.
  • The other secret is not to bake them for more than 10-12 minutes. The idea is to take them out of the oven when they are light brown around the edges.
  • They will be very fragile, so leave them for 5 minutes on the baking tray to cool, then move them to a cooling rack.
  • Don’t forget that the rum flavor is what makes this cookie special. Without the rum flavor, they are quite plain. You can replace the rum flavor(extract) with actual rum if you prefer. Place the raisins in a bowl, pour 2 tablespoons of rum over and allow them to hydrate for about 30 minutes.
rum raisins cookies  on a blue and white plate with a colorful coffee mug on a wooden table

I don’t like raisins, what else can I use?

If you don’t care about raisins, replace them with other dried fruits, like cranberries or tart cherries.

Chocolate chips might go well, too; I personally did not try that because traditionally, the cookies are made with raisins. Walnuts or pecans are an excellent choice too.

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I hope you enjoy them! Interested in other cookie recipes? Try these:

Jam Crescent Pastries(Cornulete Cu Gem)

Coffee Flavored Sugar Cookies

Pie Crust Mini Turnover Cookies With Jam

Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Yield: 32

Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe

This Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe comes from Romania. The cookies are flavored with rum, are very easy to make and taste delicious. Serve them next to a cup of your favorite tea, or coffee and enjoy an old recipe that is very traditional in Romania.

This Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe comes from Romania. The cookies are flavored with rum, are very easy to make, and taste delicious. Serve them next to a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and enjoy an old recipe that is very traditional in Romania.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter with the powder sugar until smooth.
  2. Incorporate the eggs one by one.
  3. Add the flour gradually.
  4. Add the raisins and the rum flavor to the batter. Mix to incorporate all ingredients.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for an hour, in the same bowl you mixed it. The dough will be soft initially, but it will be easy to scoop into small balls after refrigeration.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  7. 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.
  8. Bake the cookies in the oven for no more than 10-12 mins. Keep an eye on them, as they should be in the oven only until they become lightly golden brown at the edges.
  9. Leave them on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

32

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

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Yulia

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Could you use an actual rum, not the rum essence?

The Bossy Kitchen

Sunday 6th of December 2020

Yes, you can use actual rum, place the raisins in a bowl and pour 2 tablespoons of rum and 1 tablespoon of hot water over them and let them hydrate in that liquid for about 30 minutes. I will add that to the recipe. Great question, thank you! :-)

Ellen Wortmann

Saturday 15th of February 2020

Greetings from Germany. I made the cookies now. And my husband likes them, me too. Thank you for the nice recipe. I often try the things you suggest.

The Bossy Kitchen

Saturday 15th of February 2020

You are so very welcome! I am happy you liked the recipe. It is indeed a good one. I make these cookies very often as well.:-)

Susan

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

Can the raisins be soaked in rum or will this spoil the cookie?

The Bossy Kitchen

Saturday 23rd of November 2019

If you squeeze the raisins before you add them to the dough, it will be fine. I usually add rum flavor and skip the soaking raisins in the actual rum, but you can try and let me know.:-)

Snjezana

Saturday 23rd of June 2018

You're not using baking powder or baking soda - or did you forget to write it down?

The Bossy Kitchen

Saturday 23rd of June 2018

There is no baking powder or baking soda in these cookies. I suggest you to not add anything to them, just follow the recipe for an authentic taste. :-)

Jhenifer

Friday 4th of August 2017

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!

The Bossy Kitchen

Friday 4th of August 2017

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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