Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My mother got this recipe many years ago from a childhood family friend of my father’s named Mina Newton (one of those “like an Aunt, but not really” situations). I’ve never been a big fan of oatmeal raisin cookies, but these are so soft and chewy and tasty that I can’t resist! These are my husband’s favorite, so I usually double the recipe to make enough to last a while.

Mina Newton Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Mina Newton Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

30 minutes prep time. Makes approx. 2 dozen cookies.


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1-1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup raisin juice (from simmering)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 cup oatmeal


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Simmer raisins in water over high heat until plump (5-10 minutes); drain, SAVE JUICE, set raisins aside to cool.
  3. Cream together shortening and sugar.
  4. Add baking soda to 1/2 cup of the raisin juice, add to shortening/sugar along with eggs; beat until well mixed.
  5. Combine baking powder, salt, spices and flour; mix well and add to liquid mixture.
  6. Stir in oatmeal, then stir in the raisins.
  7. Drop by generous tablespoon onto cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes (until edges just begin to brown).


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