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haynes' cookies

a recipe by
joanna economakos
costa mesa, CA

My neighbor Betty Haynes gave me this recipe over 50 years ago and I have never changed the 'best' of the oatmeal cookie recipes you don't need to. It has a couple of options anyway..dates are best.

serves 6 or more
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For haynes' cookies

  • 1 c
    dates or raisins
  • 1 c
    vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/3 c
  • 3
  • 2 c
    flour- can be whole wheat
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 1/4 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 2 c
    quick oats
  • 6 Tbsp
    date or raisin liquid
  • 3/4 c
    optional nuts, chopped

How To Make haynes' cookies

  • 1
    In a small saucepan boil dates and or raisins covered for 5 minutes. Turn off, let set to cool, Drain and reserve juice. If using Raisins, I use golden. Dates are best. Need 6 T. of juice.
  • 2
    cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat.
  • 3
    Sift dry ingredients and mix with oats.
  • 4
    Add to shortening, sugar mix and alternate with 6 T. of the liquid.
  • 5
    Add fruit. Drop by Tablespoon full onto cookie sprayed cookie sheet.
  • 6
    Bake 400o for 10 to 12 minutes. Do NOT bake too long as it will dry them out. ( they are quick oats and will be moist).
  • 7
    Option: with Golden raisins I sometimes use Orange juice for the juice and reduce the sugar by 1/4 c. Can add 3/4 c.of your favorite nuts.