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                         GRANDMA'S OATMEAL COOKIES
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 Serving Size  : 120  Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Biscuits
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1 1/2   c            Shortening
    4       lg           Eggs
    5       c            Flour
    3       c            Quick cooking oats
    2       c            Buttermilk
    1       c            Granulated sugar
    1       c            Firmly packed brown sugar
    5       ts           Baking powder
    1       c            Chopped walnuts
    1       c            Raisins
    4       ts           Cinnamon
      1/2   ts           Cloves
      1/2   ts           Allspice
    2       ts           Vanilla
   optional: butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, pecans
   for walnuts
   Pour 1 cup boiling water over the raisins and add 1 t
   baking soda. Stir well and set aside.
   Bring the shortening to room temperature then cream
   well.  Add the sugar one cup at a time and cream well
   after each addition.  Add the eggs in the same manner.
   Sift together the cinnamon, cloves, allspice, flour
   and baking powder.  Add the vanilla to the creamed
   mixture. Drain the raisins and sprinkle one tablespoon
   of flour over them and shake to coat. Alternately add
   the flour mixture, the milk and the oatmeal. Mix well
   after each addition.  There will a lot of dough and it
   should be fairly thick. With a heavy wooden spoon stir
   in the walnuts and the raisins and the flavored
   chips--you can use any amount of the flavored chips
   you want.
   Grease the cookie sheet.  Drop the dough by
   teaspoonful on the cookie sheet.  I usually get about
   20 per sheet--but then I have very, very old cookie
   sheets and they are larger than my new ones.  Bake at
   350 for 10-12 minutes.  They will be golden on the
   bottom and dry on the top. Remove and place on wax
   paper until cool.  Keep in an airtight
   container--Tupperware is great.
   Makes about 10 dozen.
   Variation - you can save the water from soaking the
   raisins and cut down on the milk by the appropriate
   amount.  this adds a very good flavor to the cookies.
   Enjoy Diane M. Ferrell Colorado
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