Mike's Oatmeal Cookies
(30 minutes from start to finish - keeps the sugar down -tastes great)
Turn on the oven to 375. (I used to say 350, but ovens are all different, and Sam Howell's batch came out soft in the middle of each cookie when he used 350. On my new oven at home, I now set it for 400 ). Make sure the oven is clean and you have a clean cookie pan ready.
Put 4 eggs in a large mixing bowl.
Add a little sugar (I use 1/8 cup, but it could be none at all).
Add 3/4 cup of cooking oil (I use canola)
Add 1 level teaspoon of salt and 1 level teaspoon of flavoring (I alternate between almond and maple)
Mix now, or wait until you have added 1 1/2 cups of raisins and then mix. (But do add the raisins!)
Add 4 cups of quick oatmeal (The 1 min stuff, not regular. I use Kroger brand). (I use a 4-cup measuring bowl, and heap up somewhat)
Add 1/2 cup applesauce (for moisture - I used to use a ripe banana. Lots of other stuff could be used)
Mix this till you think its ready to go in the oven.
If too juicy, add a bit more oatmeal; if too dry, add more applesauce.
I use a tablespoon (helped by a knife) to put the dough on a cookie sheet.
Put the sheet into the oven (which has been set for 375, right?),
set the timer for 15 minutes, and clean up (yum) the mixing bowl and
You'll have about 5 min after cleanup to watch TV or read before the cookies are done.
If the cookies are somewhat soft in the middle, try 400 on the over next