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best ever oatmeal-raisin cookies

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Amy Alusa
Chico, CA

I got this recipe on the back of the butter flavored Crisco can. I have tweaked it just a bit; but it is delicious. The raisins are of course optional, and if you would rather, you may want to use chocolate, butterscotch, cinnamon or peanut butter chips. Alwsys a hit with my family, and requested often from others as well.

(1 rating)
yield 3 dozen
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients For best ever oatmeal-raisin cookies

  • 1 1/2 c
    butter flavored shortening (i use crisco)
  • 2 1/2 c
    dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2
  • 2/3 c
  • 3 tsp
    real vanilla extract (no imitations)
  • 1 tsp
    orange zest (grated orange peel
  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 6 c
    rolled oats, quick cooking or old-fashioned
  • 2 c
    raisins, currants, dates, choc chips (your choice)
  • 2 c
    walnuts, coarsely chopped

How To Make best ever oatmeal-raisin cookies

  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • 2
    Cream together the shortening with the sugar. Add vanilla extract, milk and egg. Beat at medium speed until combined. Do not overbeat.
  • 3
    In a separate bowl, sift or whisk very well the next 4 dry ingredients. Mix into the creamed mixture, then, stir in the oats, raisins,nuts, etc.
  • 4
    Place 1” -2” balls, about 2” apart on un-greased cookie sheets. Flatten gently to about 3/8 of an inch with palm of your hand.
  • 5
    Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes (depending on size). Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets before removing to cooking racks to cool completely. Yield: 3 dozen.
  • 6
    NOTE: We like to make 'em big; but if you would prefer, this recipe can be halved very easily, and works just fine. I use air cushioned cookie sheets.

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