Best Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies (Memaw's)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup raisins (or more, if desired)
In mixer bowl, beat sugar, shortening, and butter until light. Add egg, water, and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
Stir together oats, flour, salt, soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir into beaten mixture, blending well. Stir in raisins and nuts.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonsful one inch apart onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
(Back in the day, my friend's mom added chocolate chips instead of raisins. I always thought she was a brilliant baker because of this swap.Actually chocolate covered raisins would be great in these cookies. I will try that!)