I think my search for a great oatmeal cookie recipe may be over! These are absolutely delicious—full of chewy, fragrant, nostalgic cinnamon-raisiny goodness. I made them almost exactly as written, with a few minor tweaks that I think worked well: I soaked the raisins in just-boiled water for 5 minutes (this plumps them and prevents them from getting hard/dried out in the oven). I only used about 1/4tsp of the cloves but also added some powdered ginger, freshly grated nutmeg & allspice. And finally I used dark brown sugar because it's what I had on hand, along with high quality French unsalted butter + organic vegetable shortening in place of of the flavored stuff. The only thing I might change is to add a bit more butter or shortening (or reduce the flour a bit) the next time around—these go from chewy & perfect to a bit dry rather quickly, and my best batch were the ones I took out when they looked dangerously close to underdone. All in all, however, these were marvelous & I'll definitely be making them again!
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I think my search for a great oatmeal cookie recipe may be over! These are absolutely...