I’m resigned to the knowledge that not everyone likes raisins, but I have to believe those people haven’t tried oatmeal raisin cookies. This recipe has been a favorite in my family for many years. For the people who have trust issues because of oatmeal raisin cookies, just leave the raisins out. The cookies are great either way. These are perfect for lunch boxes, bake sales, snacks, or welcoming a neighbor.
1 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup shortening 1 egg 1/4 cup water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, optional 3 cups quick cooking oats 1 cup raisins 1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix sugars, shortenings, egg, water, and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, cinnamon, soda, cloves, and oats. Add dry ingredients to first mixture, stir until blended. Stir in raisins and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 1 inch apart onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. Store in airtight container. Makes about 4 dozen.