Love Cookies

You know the saying, that as you get older, you open your mouth and your mother comes out?   I would’ve sworn on my life as a teen that this would never happen to me, that it couldn’t, wouldn’t be how I would parent.  Speed ahead 30 years later and lo and behold I was blessed with three amazing children of my own and I’ve seen my mother in a whole new light.

I should say to her, thank you for loving us as deeply as you did and I’m sorry for all the trouble I gave you.

Oh, and you were right.


Mom scratch baked for us every single week-end.  Tunes always blaring in the kitchen, she made the best meals and treats.   I have vivid memories of standing on a chair and helping her roll dozens of cookies in sugar.  These Love Cookies were a regular during our childhood.  They aren’t really cookies, they’re made in bar form, and I’ve never seen another recipe similar.  Waiting for the glaze to set while they were still warm was a killer but mom usually cut a little warm piece off for us.

When I make these now, I often eat a piece or two (sometimes a row!) right after it’s been glazed.   It takes me right back to that little kitchen of my childhood, and to mom, within minutes.

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These are full of walnuts, cinnamon and raisins.  They are baked on a sheet pan and topped with a sweet glaze while still warm.  When the glaze sets, it leaves a gorgeous crackly layer on top.

I have no idea where this recipe came from, but I’m pretty sure of the Love in the name.

Thanks mom. xo


Do you have a recipe that takes you right back to your moms kitchen?  I would love to hear about it!

Happy Spring!



Love Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup+ 1 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp water, divided
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cold milk
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

1.  In a medium saucepan combine sugar, cinnamon, 1/2 cup butter, raisins and 1 cup water.  Mix well.   Combine baking soda and remaining tbsp water and stir until soda dissolves.  Add to the raisin mixture and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.  Boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, add the walnuts and set aside.

2.  Mix flour and baking powder and add to the raisin mixture.  Stir just until combined.  Spread onto 10 x 15 cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake for 25-27 mins until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Watch carefully at 25 minutes as these can over bake quickly.

3.  In a small bowl combine the milk, tbsp of melted butter, icing sugar and vanilla.  Whisk any lumps out and spread over cookies while still warm.







Filed under Bars, Cookies

28 responses to “Love Cookies

  1. Those cookies looks amazing!!!! When I think of my childhood food memories I think of baked bread and shortbread cookies 🙂

  2. Potato Candy. I hsve not been given the family recipe for it yet, but it came from my grandfathers omish background. Its SOOO GOOD! (only has about 2 ‘table’ table spoons of mashed potatoes in it though.)

    These cookies look SOO good.

  3. These sound so delicious! Do you think they would be good with other types of nuts as well?

  4. These cookies look delicious! Unfortunately, my mum isn’t much of a baker, but I try to make up for that now 😉

  5. What a lovely post! Great cookies, too!


    Loved your writeup this time! Thank you Renee!!

  7. Homeschooled Girls

    These look SO good! Can’t wait to try them!!!

  8. CarpeBriem

    These look incredible!! I can’t wait to try this out for myself. Have you ever thought about trying to make them with olive oil? 🙂

  9. Lovely post and delicious sounding cookie recipe. It was pound cake in my family. My Dad loved just plain pound cake and so do I.

  10. So sweet! Love this post – made me teary eyed 🙂

  11. Thank you Renee for that very “Sweet” story. Yes however much I hate to admit I am sounding more n more like mom and know what?……I m happy about it! Those cookies look lovely and wholesome. Thnx for the stor and the cookies 🙂

  12. Claire'scomfycorner

    These look amazing! I’m definitely feeling inspired 🙂 Thanks!

  13. These look so wonderful and you must of had a delicious childhood!

  14. I just love these cookies! Pinning!

  15. Thanks a lot, this really helped my mom to serve the guests.

  16. littlekeptsecret

    Reblogged this on littlekeptsecret.

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