Does anyone recognize this cookie?

My sister and I are creating a family cookbook. Her sister-in-law is trying to reconstruct a cookie recipe from her grandmother that's been lost to time. She grew up in Michigan, and thinks they may have been a regional thing. Her description: They were a sugar cookie about 3.5 inches across , we think, with a ruffled edge and really thick - at least 1/4 inch and I want to say 3/8. There must have been brown sugar or a touch of molasses in them, because they were not pure white. Always only one fat raisin in the middle. Not as crumbly as shortbread. Probably a little bit of spice. There are rolled, cut, spice cookie recipes out there (e.g.. King Arthur), even some with scalloped edge (like Moravian cookies) but these were a very light brown color and NOT delicate. Does this ring any bells for anyone? Thanks.

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Posie (. March 31, 2015
Try either of these? From an old women's club cookbook: bit.ly/1GcdspY or this http://allrecipes.com/recipe/old-fashioned-molasses-cookies/detail.aspx
 
Liza's K. March 31, 2015
Could it have been something like this, but perhaps she subbed out some brown sugar for the white? http://www.therowdybaker.com/?tag=grandmas-sugar-cookie-recipe
 
sweetlolo March 31, 2015
Thanks for this. It definitely looks/sounds a lot like what she's described. I've sent it along so she can let me know if it looks like what she remembers.
 
Nancy March 31, 2015
No, but/and here's a detecting suggestion: family members in Michigan (now or on visits) should look through local cookbooks, esp fundraisers Luke church group, junior league, 4H. Failing that, write to food ed at local papers.
 
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