You are here: Home » Recipes » Old-fashioned Oatmeal Cookies Old-fashioned Oatmeal Cookies Recipe by Relish Contributor Yield 6 1/2 PrintEmail Ingredients 1 cup raisins1 cup water3/4 cup shortening1 1/2 cups sugar2 large eggs1 teaspoon vanilla2 1/2 cups flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon cinnamon1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon cloves2 cups oatmeal1/2 cup chopped nuts Instructions Preheat oven 400F. Simmer raisins and water over medium heat unil raisins are plump, about 15 minutes. Drain raisins, reserving the liquid. Add enough water to reserved liquid to measure 1/2 cup. Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla until thoroughly blended. Stir in reserved liquid. Blend in remaining ingredients. Drop dough by rounded taspoonfuls about 2″ apart onto ungreased baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes. Makes about 6 1/2dozen.