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Clara's Oatmeal Cookies

I remember the exact moment I discovered that I had a passion for good food. I was 8 years old, sitting in the kitchen of my grandparents' simple one-story, wood-frame house in Longview, Wash., eating a lunch that consisted of ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes | Makes 48 cookies
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold milk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 cup raisins, pulsed in a food processor until chopped fine

Step 1Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking sheet.

Step 2Combine the sugar and shortening in a mixer. Add the eggs, vanilla and dissolved baking soda and beat until smooth.

Step 3Combine the flour and salt and slowly add to the wet ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the oatmeal, coconut and raisins.

Step 4Flatten pieces of dough about the size of walnuts on the baking sheet, spaced 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies until they're golden and crisp,15 to 20 minutes.

Note: These flavorful oatmeal cookies are extra crunchy, great for dunking.
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