Senior Citizen Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 12 mins

LOL! This was the best name I could come up with to get your attention...these cookies deserve more than a cursory glance. I chose "senior citizen" for 2 reasons: this is my adaptation of a recipe from my Mother's 1937 "New BH&G Cookbook" and the addition of bran tickled my sensibilities re: regularity! I do believe plumping the raisins, the addition of the liquid, and the combination of spices creates an outstanding oatmeal cookie. In recent months I've tried several other recipes but decided to return "home" to this one. I hope some of you agree :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cover raisins with boiling water and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Drain, reserving 6 tablespoons juice.
  4. Cream together shortening and sugar, add eggs and beat until smooth.
  5. Sift flour with salt, soda, and spices; mix with oatmeal and bran and add to first mixture alternately with raisin liquid.
  6. Add nuts.
  7. Drop on greased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes.


Most Helpful

We really enjoyed these cookies. Very flavorful. I used walnuts as my hubby is allergic to pecans. They were all gone in 2 days! Lovely. Thank you for posting this recipe.

watson January 04, 2007

The allspice & cloves I believe is the reason MY family would not eat them after the first cookie. (The entire batch was given to a friend that DID like them - so they did not go to waste.)

GypsyWinds August 02, 2006

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