Our friend Barbara passed this recipe to me many years ago. It was passed to her by her grandmother.  The secret of their deliciousness is the cooked raisins that pair  with the texture and taste of the walnuts for a cookie that will bring you back to the cookie jar again and again.  Oatmeal cookies are my favorite and none are better than this.

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Oatmeal Hermits (aka Grandma Overturf’s Oatmeal Cookies)

1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Sugar
2 Sticks Butter
2 C. Rolled Oats
1 C. Raisins (cooked in 5 Tbs. Water
1 C. Chopped Nuts
2 C. Flour
2 Eggs (beaten)
1 tsp. Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon

Put raisins and water in sauce pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Blend butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and mix thoroughly.  Mix all dry ingredients (except oats)  and add to sugar mixture. Add raisins and mix thoroughly. Stir in oats and chill dough several hours or overnight.

Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.