Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Red Hot Cookies

This is definitely a great Christmas recipe! An old family favorite!

1 cup of raisins
3/4 cup of water
1 teaspoon of baking soda

Boil the water and cool. Add the raisins and 1 teaspoon of soda.

Then, cream together:

1 stick of softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Once these ingredients are incorporated, add in raisin mixture.

Then, add to mixture:

1 v. osymrsl ((Translation - 1 cup of oatmeal) My recipe card ACTUALLY says this. I believe my great aunt typed it up, and made my mom a copy who made me a copy. A typo that stands the test of time.)
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of nuts (I omitted.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 package of red hots

(Isn't this the most gorgeous dough???)

Bake for 12-13 minutes at 350.

This was actually the first time I've made these! I intentionally made these bigger and softer than my mom usually does. I discovered they were pretty hard to get off the cookie sheet in one piece! After I finished baking these, I called my mom and told her I thought I could improve this recipe. I realized after I talked to her that if I changed it, it wouldn't be Aunt Lila's Red Hot Cookie recipe. Maybe I won't change it. I hope my girls love the ORIGINAL Red Hot Cookies as much as the last three generations.

See also Vintage Recipe Thursday and Ultimate Recipe Swap.


  1. These look yummy! I haven't thought about Red Hots in years!

    Hope you'll stop by and link up today at my Christmas Recipe Party!

  2. They look beautiful. Love the typo story and the phone call to your mom. :-) These are great memories to pass down with the cookies and the recipe.
    Thank you for sharing with Vintage Recipe Thursday.

  3. My grandma used to cook with red hots!! - she's put them in fried apples!! I bet my kids don't even know what red hots are! Thanks for the recipe!!

    Hope you'll join in tomorrow, I'm hosting Christmas Traditions and Memories for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash!!


  4. These sound yummy and look so festive! Thank you for linking up with OuR KrAzY KiTcHeN Cookie party!

  5. I'm not a big red hot fan but in cookies?! Who knew?! They would be awesome!!! (LOVE the typo for oatmeal! What a treasure to have!)

  6. They look great! Pity we can't get that candy down under, perhaps at a specialty store if I looked hard enough!

  7. I just love recipes that are handed down...makes them taste even better with warm memories attached!

  8. Oh wow...those look great and so unique! I love it!

  9. oh bet those are great I have never heard of these but they sound perfect with the cinnamon as christmas cookies

  10. Vintage recipes are the best - typos and all!:)



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