Monday, February 8, 2010

Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

Here's a really good old fashioned oatmeal cookie recipe...courtesy of my grandma once again. :) She has this really old cookbook that is falling apart and has been well used over the years. I think she got it as a wedding present and it has some of the best recipes in it. Of course, I am sure that most of us have a well used, falling apart cookbook in our kitchen. Ours is a pioneer cookbook put together by the Austin Oak Hills Stake quite a while ago. I just love cookbooks that are a collaborative effort of everyone's "tried and true" recipes. Anyways, enough of my rambling. I hope everyone has a great week!

1 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tablespoons sour milk (buttermilk)
2 cups all purpose flour - sifted before measuring
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal

Cream shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly. Add vanilla and salt. Pour boiling water over raisins and let stand a few minutes. Drain. Add to creamed shortening mixture. Dissolve baking soda in milk and add alternately with flour to creamed mixture. Add oatmeal. Blend all ingredients thoroughly. Drop by teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees.

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