You will need:
2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
Dash ground cloves
2 2/3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 ½ cups shortening (Crisco recommended)
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups uncooked old fashioned oats
2 cups raisins or dried cranberries (or a combination of both)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Sift together flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves. Now add shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in oats, raisins, and nuts.
Drop by heaping teaspoon onto greased cookie sheets (or on parchment paper- no greasing required). Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 12-15 minutes. Makes about 7 dozen cookies depending on size.
*I think the original of this recipe was half of everything – I doubled it years ago because, if I was going to all the work of making cookies, I wanted a lot to show for it. The original recipe was also half granulated sugar and half brown sugar. I love brown sugar and converted the recipe to “all brown”. And baking time might be less, depending on your oven and the size of the cookies. A really handy gadget is a small cookie dough scoop. You get the same size every time with one of those. (And you can add chocolate chips to this recipe – but I am kind of a purist with my oatmeal raisin cookies. I don’t feel that chocolate chips belong in there with the raisins and nuts).