Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe
Plumped up raisins sweeten these thick oatmeal cookies right up. A little cinnamon and cloves add just the right spice to make you want another one.
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1 cup water
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves (ground)
2 cups quick or regular oatmeal
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
Bring the water to a boil; then add the raisins. Return to a boil; then reduce the heat to medium and simmer 15 minutes or until the raisins are plump and juicy.
Cream the sugar, shortening, vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl.
Measure the liquid from the raisins, and add water if necessary to equal 1/2 cup.
Add the raisins and liquid to the creamed ingredients and mix well.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ground cloves; then add this dry mixture to the creamed mixture.
Add the oatmeal and chopped nuts and mix well.
Drop by teaspoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350° F for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. Yield: 6 1/2 dozen cookies.
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"I prefer a little more oatmeal and less flour. I did like the spice from the cinnamon and cloves. My family still ate them all in a matter of 2 days!"
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