photograph by Matt Hulsman

1 cup butter, softened
1½ cups light brown sugar, packed
3 eggs
2½ cups plain flour
1 teaspoon soda, dissolved in 1/3 cup hot water
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups raisins, chopped fine
2 cups nut meats

Whip butter and sugar together, add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the flour a little at a time, beating after each addition. Add soda dissolved in water and spices. Beat until smooth. Add raisins and nut meats, mixing by hand. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets, and bake at 425° for 8 to 10 minutes. Note: Chopping the raisins is optional.

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For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.