Notes on what Mom did:
Mom preferred using margarine. – She was partial to Imperial, in stick form, for baking. (Butter was often used a lot in specific Christmas cookies we made) Raisins are always optional in this recipe. If you don ’ t like them, don ’ t use them. Mom never sifted the indicated dry ingredients. If you like, you can sift the dry ingredients—or just use a whisk. Any way you do it in this recipe, it comes out fine. :-)
Mom always used slower cooking oats, in this recipe. (Out of necessity one day, I used quick oats. The cookies tasted fine, but, they tended to crumble easier and the texture of the cookies was different than with slower cooking oatmeal.) If your oven “ runs hot ” , check cookies at 10 minutes.