Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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They're dense and almost cake-like.
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup water
3/4 cup softened margarine
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1. Simmer the raisins and water over medium heat approximately ten minutes. Drain cooking liquid into a glass measuring cup and add water (if necessary) to make 1/2 cup. Allow raisins to cool.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream margarine and brown sugar. Add eggs, vanilla and raisin liquor, beating well. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves, and oats, mixing well. Add nuts and cooled raisins, mixing gently.
3. Drop batter by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 11 to 13 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Let stand on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Makes about 36 cookies.

My ex-husband sent me on a quest to find a recipe he vaguely remembered. The only clue he had was that the raisins were cooked first, and the liquid used in the batter. I found a recipe on Cooks.com and tried it. While the texture was almost right, the flavor was not - it was made with shortening and white sugar, and NO salt. It was dull and rather lifeless. I tweaked it quite a bit, and this is the result.

The cooking time for the raisins is purely arbitrary. The object is to soften the raisins and create the liquor. 

These cookies don't spread much in the oven.
Dish   CookieCooking Method   Baked
Style   Kid PleasersPrep Time   15 to 30 minutes
Cooking Time   less than 15 minutes

Wendy Harlow

Member since Nov 2007

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