• 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, divided
  • 1 Cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 Cup finely chopped nuts, e.g., pecans, walnuts or pistachios
  • 1/2 Cup California golden raisins
  • 1/4 Cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 Teaspoon orange zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • Rum raisin ice cream


In large mixing bowl, mix butter, sugar and egg yolk together. Sift in flour and salt; mix well. In small bowl, slightly beat egg white; set aside. With No. 60 scoop or tablespoon, divide dough and roll into 1-inch balls. Dip each ball into beaten egg white and roll in chopped nuts. Arrange on baking sheet lined with nonstick pad or parchment paper and bake for 5 minutes at 375°F. Remove from oven and press thumb into center of each cookie. Return to oven and bake 8 minutes, more. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack.

Measure raisins, cherries, orange zest and salt into saucepan; stir in orange juice just to cover. Heat and simmer until jam-like consistency, adding remaining orange juice and water as needed. Fill thumbprint on each cookie with spoonful. Serve with rum raisin ice cream.

Note: Ice cream not included in nutrition facts.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 220 (Calories from Fat 53%); Total Fat 13 ( Saturated Fat 5; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 40; Sodium 135; Potassium 156; Total Carbohydrate 24; Dietary Fiber 1; Sugars 13; Protein 3; Calcium 20; Iron 1;

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Raisins are great food choices for most individuals, including those with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
- by James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.