This is a recipe that my aunt made for myself and my cousin(who has sinced passed) all the time,in fact it was the only way to get us to eat raisins!I have added some personal touches but every time I make these it brings back the most amazing memories.
In a heavy sauce pan add all the filling ingredients and stir.Over med heat cook until very thick stirring often to make sure in doesnt burn on.Remove and let cool.
To make cookie dough,cream the shortening(or butter)with the egg and sugar until light and fluffy.Sift the flour and baking powder together,now add to creamed mixture with vanilla and milk.mix well until a nice dough forms.remove from bowl and wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes
once the dough is chilled bring out of fridge and devide in half.On a well floured surface roll half the dough to about 1/8th to 1/4th inch thick.Cot out circles with what ever cutter you have( I use a 3 inch cookie cutter).Reroll dough and continue cutting out cookies until you have used all the dough.Put onto lined cookie sheets.
Put about a teaspoon of filling in the middle of each cookie. now repeat step 3 for the tops of cookie.Press edges of cookies together with the tip of a floured fork.
Bake in a pre heated 350 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown,cool slightly and enjoy.Store in air tight container for up to a week if they last that long.