Cookies like Grandma used to make. The secret is boiling the raisins to plump them up, which adds a great dimension to the wonderful spicy taste of this soft cookie. These are real special!
- Simmer raisins and water in saucepan over low heat until plump for 20 minutes.
- Drain raisin liquid into measuring cup.
- Add water to make 1/2 cup.
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cream shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
- Stir in raisin liquid.
- Measure flour and combine with, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
- Stir into creamed mixture.
- Add oats, nuts and raisins.
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2" apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
This is an amazing recipe! I did make a few changes when I tried it. Instead of shortening I used unsalted butter. For the sugar I used 3/4 c white sugar and 3/4 c light brown sugar. I added 1/2 more oats for a total of 2 1/2 cups of oats. I also reduced the oven temp from 400 to 375 and baked for apx 12-15 minutes instead of 10. Result was soft, cake like cookies with a crispy edge. These are almost like Grandma's (but better).
I have used this exact recipe for years and think it is the best oatmeal cookie I have ever tasted....
I needed an oatmeal raisin cookie recipe that had no milk or butter, these worked!
400 degrees is too hot for the oven. Reduce heat to 350 and bake for 8-10 minutes.
We liked the cookies, but they could have used more flavor. Maybe next time I'll add some ginger and nutmeg.