• 3 1/2 cups (1 pound 11 ounces) soft butter
  • 7 Cups (3 pounds 2 ounces) sugar
  • 10 eggs (2 cups/1 pound)
  • 15 1/2 cups (4 pounds 4 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/4 cups (1 pound 6 ounces) California raisins
  • 3 1/4 cups (14 ounces) whole shelled pistachios
  • 3 1/3 cups (14 ounces) sliced almonds
  • 4 3/4 tablespoons (1 ounce) grated orange peel
  • 1 Teaspoon anise seeds


With electric mixer fitted with paddle, cream butter and sugar together until light. Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each addition. Add flour and mix just until combined. Then, stir in raisins, nuts, orange peel and spices; mix by hand just until combined.

Scaling Instructions

Divide and scale into 4 portions about 3 pounds 5 ounces each. Shape into flat logs about 12 inches long on lightly oiled baking sheet pans. Brush with egg wash and chill thoroughly. Then, bake at 325°F for about 30 minutes in a convection oven. Cool and slice each log crosswise into 20 pieces. Arrange pieces in single layer, cut side down, on clean, lightly oiled baking sheets and bake at 220°F for about 45 minutes until crisp.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 320 (Calories from Fat 38%); Total Fat 13 ( Saturated Fat 6; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 50; Sodium 95; Potassium 184; Total Carbohydrate 45; Dietary Fiber 2; Sugars 24; Protein 6; Calcium 31; Iron 2;

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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.