GrandMa's Oatmeal Raisin Big Cookies

GrandMa's® Oatmeal Raisin Big Cookies
GrandMa's Cookie Company was founded back in 1914 by Foster
Wheeler, but it wasn't until 1977 that the company introduced
the popular Big Cookie. This large, soft cookie comes two to
a pack and is offered in several varieties, including oatmeal
raisin. Now you can bake up a couple batches all your own with
this spiffy kitchen clone. Just be sure not to overdo it in the
oven. You want these cookies soft and chewy when cool - just
like a happy grandma would make 'em -- so take them out when
they are just beginning to turn light brown around the edges.

1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 egg
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups oats (not instant)
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2. Combine 1/2 cup raisins with water in a food processor and
blend on high speed for about 1 minute or until very smooth.
3. Combine this raisin puree with the vegetable shortening, egg,
brown sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix well with electric
mixer until smooth.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour with the oats, baking
soda, cinnamon, and salt. Pour this dry mixture into the wet
mixture and mix well until ingredients are incorporated. Mix in
1/2 cup raisins.
5. Roll 3 tablespoon-size portions of the dough into a ball in
your hands and press to 1/2-inch flat on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Be careful not to overcook, or the
cookies will not be chewy. Store in a sealed container.
Makes 16 to 18 cookies.