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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Cookies, in my book, are either REALLY GOOD or REALLY BAD, there aren't any mediocre ones. Some are hard and crunchy and tasteless(in my book those are REALLY BAD) and some are soft and chewy and divine (those are REALLY GOOD in my book). These are right up there with the fabulous cookies (tastes delicious as well as being soft and chewy too)! I started baking these cookies 23 years ago when we were in college. The recipe was in the ONLY cookbook that I owned (The Mormon Family Cookbook) at the time and I usually always had the ingredients for them. I made them over and over until I had them perfected (to my liking). My hubby adores these cookies and so do my kids, but sometimes I have to hide them or we will eat them all at once and there won't be any for "another day" (I am all about "stretching them out for a FEW DAYS"). I also like to make these for my dad's birthday because he loves raisons...and I love my dad! Dig in and whip yourself up a batch of these today....you won't regret it!

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

2 c. water
2 c. raisons

2 3/4 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
4 t. vanilla
6 c. oatmeal
1 c. chopped nuts (optional....but it tastes really good with them in there)

In a small saucepan, boil raisons and water together, covered for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Sift flour, salt and soda together, set aside. Cream shortening and sugars thoroughly. Add egg and vanilla; combine well. Mix in 1/2 cup of the raison water, oats and flour mixture. Add well-drained raisons and nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets (I use a cookie scoop from pampered chef...wonderful little tool). Bake 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Hit the pan on the counter top when you pull the cookies out so the cookies middles will drop and they will stay moist and chewy. DON'T OVER cook them or you will get the REALLY BAD COOKIES....hard and crunchy!

I just know these are going to make it onto your "favorite recipe list"...because they are "just that good".

Happy Cooking~


  1. Would there need to be any adjustments if I want to omit the raisins and add chocolate chips?

  2. I have never tried them with chocolate chips but I bet you could replace the raisons just make sure you add the 1/2 water (or course it wouldn't be raison water, just regular water), because thats your liquid....give it a try and then let me know how they turn out...I would love to hear.
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