Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Spiced oatmeal raisin cookies

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes to make because it’s simple, and I usually have all of the ingredients on hand in the pantry. I like to spice things up by adding garam masala to the batter for a richer flavor, but nutmeg or ground cloves would be just fine.  

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 1-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (or nutmeg)
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins (or 1 cup raisins and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts)

*To make 1/2 cup sour milk, add 1/2 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1/2 cup milk and let stand 5 minutes before using.

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream shortening, sugar, and eggs together until they are light and fluffy. Stir in buttermilk or sour milk.

Sift together dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture. Stir in oats, raisins, and walnuts (if using). Drop from a tablespoon – 2 inches apart – on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake cookies for about 8 minutes per batch. Let cool slightly before removing from pan.  Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.

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