Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

Spicy Oatmeal Cookies (not spicy as in hot, but containing spices)

1/2 cup shortening or butter
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I always add more than this!)
2 cups quick cook oats
1-1/2 cups raisins
3/4 cup chopped nuts

Cream shortening, sugar and molasses. Add eggs one at a time and incorporate. Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowl, then stir into wet mixture. Add oatmeal, nuts and raisins. Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. This recipe makes a chewy or crispy cookie, depending on the length of time that you bake them.

These are some of the best oatmeal cookies I've ever had. I love them chewy, so that's how we bake them. This recipe came to me from my dear friend, Mary.