Makes ~6 dozen
Wash and drain the raisins. Put in a saucepan, add water and let boil for 5 minutes. Cool a little. Stir in the soda.
Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs and the flavorings and beat until light and creamy. Add the cooled raisins.
Sift the dry ingredients together and fold into the batter, stirring a little after the folding-in. Add the nut meats and mix well.
Drop by teaspoonsful on a well greased cookie sheet far enough apart to allow them to spread out. Bake in a preheated 425° oven until browned. Remove at once to cool on a rack.
These cookies well keep soft and moist if you store them in tightly covered containers.