Why make ordinary cookies when you can make the best? This is the #1 cookie recipe at AllRecipes, #1 out of nearly 5,600 cookie recipes there. It’s rated 5 out of 5 stars by over 3.000 people. Clearly this is not your everyday oatmeal cookie.
You can substitute dried cranberries for the raisins if you like. Some people added chocolate chips. What seems to make these cookies so popular is the spices—supposedly they make your home smell like Christmas.
From the reviews:
“I followed other’s advice and used all butter, which gave a fantastic buttery flavor and this stayed moist for a good 3 days (maybe longer, don’t know cuz it never lasts that long in our house). Just keep it in an airtight container. And definitely watch your cooking time. 9 minutes was perfect, 10 min. gave it more color and add more crispness to the edges.”
” I added another half teaspoon of cinnamon, a half teasoppon of nutmeg, and a 1/4 teaspoon of ginger. I also used all butter. I only left them in the oven for about 8 or 9 minutes so they would stay chewy after they cooled. when I left them in for 12 minutes they were hard as a rock when they cooled off!”
” I used all butter flavored Crisco instead of using any butter (butter tends to burn in cookies). I also soaked my raisins in warm water for 10 minutes before I added them to the dough.”
“Substituted 1/2 cup shortening with 1/2 cup applesauce; they are always wonderful.”
They are fairly inexpensive to make, go well with a cup of coffee or cold milk, and are special enough to be Christmas cookies.