My Great Grandma Nielsen (whom I never knew) used to make these delectable cookies, which are deeply flavorful thanks to the spices and raisin water. The recipe makes a large batch, but the yummies were gone in no time at all when my mom used to make them for us kids growing up. They always fly off the plate when I make them in my own home now, too. They’re soft and simply irresistible! One bite is all it takes and you will be hooked.
The chocolate chips are optional, although I always can’t keep from adding them, due to my addiction. 🙂 Keep them in an air-tight container after they’re cool, and they’ll get super moist!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Boil raisins in water until soft. **Do not drain the water. Add 1 t. soda to raisin/water mixture after boiling. Cream sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together flour oatmeal, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Add dry to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add raisin water in small increments, mixing between each. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop onto un-greased cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.