Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
1 cup raisins
1 cup water
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Simmer raisins and water in saucepan over low heat until raisins are
plump, 20-30 minutes. Drain raisin liquid in measuring cup. Add enough
water to make 1/2 cup.
Heat oven to 400 F. Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in raisin
liquid. Stir together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices in a
separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Add rolled oats, nuts
and raisins. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on ungreased
sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes about 6 dozen
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