I had never really been fond of raisins until I found this recipe in the newspaper back in the 70's...it surprised me at how good they were in this cookie and this recipe has since become a favorite in my family. In fact, my dear mother, who is now deceased LOVED this recipe, and made them often. When I make these I always think of her... :)
Boil water and raisins for 3 minutes. Set aside and cool. In a large bowl blend flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt & spices and set aside. In another bowl, cream shortening and gradually add sugar; mix well and then add eggs, stir in raisins with liquid and add vanilla.
Add the dry mixture to the shortening mixture, mix well..stir in nuts. Drop full tablespoon size cookie dough onto greased baking sheet.