My Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

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

4 eggs

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).

Love, Sandy


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