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Famous Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies (conventional)
MelanieSpiller and Coloratura Consulting
1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened1 cup firmly packed brown sugar½ cup granulated sugar2 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla1 ½ cup all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon cinnamon½ teaspoon ground cloves½ teaspoon ground ginger1 TBLSP orange zest (dried is okay)½ teaspoon salt3 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned), uncooked1 cup raisins1 cup chocolate bits1 cup walnutsHeat oven to 350° F. Beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Mix well. Stir in the oats, raisins, chocolate, and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. (Or use parchment paper for quicker clean-up.)Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. They should be a little crispy to the touch, but still soft (unless you don’t like ‘em chewy. If you like ‘em hard, leave ‘em in a little longer.) Cool for 1 minute on the cookie sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way. Makes about 4 dozen. Alternative: Bar CookiesMake the batch as above. Press the whole batch into an ungreased 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool very nearly all the way before removing from the pan and slicing into bars.