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New Year's Cookies

Julie Blanner
A delicious fried cookie made from yeast dough, that is tender on the inside, perfectly crispy on the outside, and full of flavorful raisins.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rise 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48
Calories 58 kcal


  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • ½ cup lukewarm water
  • 1 packet active dry yeast, (1/4 ounce)
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil, shortening or lard
  • ¼ cup powdered or white sugar for dusting

Optional Glaze

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk


  • In a large mixing bowl, dissolve sugar in lukewarm water and sprinkle yeast over the top. Wait 10 minutes for yeast to activate or until it appears creamy on top.
  • Stir raisins into yeast. Add eggs, lukewarm milk, and salt. Beat until just combined.
  • Gradually add flour. Beat until dough becomes smooth. If dough feels too sticky, beat up to ¼ cup additional flour.
  • Cover dough and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Line cookie sheet with paper towels and set wire cooling rack on top. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan or fryer, bring oil or lard to 375° F.
  • Scoop dough by tablespoon and drop, a few at a time, into the hot oil. Fry until lightly browned and drain on cooling racks. Dust or roll in powdered sugar or white granulated sugar.
  • Optional: drizzle with glaze.



  • Be prepared. This recipe moves quickly once dough rises.
  • This is a soft and sticky dough. You won’t be able to roll them into perfect little balls after you scoop them.  They will have a round-ish shape, but will have some bumps and edges that get extra crispy when fried.
  • Shake the sugar and a few cookies at a time together in a brown paper bag for easy coating.
  • If the cookies are doughy on the inside yet done on the outside, you'll need to make your cookies smaller or reduce the heat of the oil a little bit.

To Store

Room Temperature - Store them at room temperature loosely wrapped with plastic wrap. Reheat in the oven at 375 degrees for a few minutes until they're warm. Then add another coating of sugar.
Freeze - In an airtight freezer bag up to 3 months. Reheat in preheated oven until warm.


Calories: 58kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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