Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Stolen off Facebook. This is our Austinite fire-fighting, homeschooling dad, missionary friend’s recipe.

He says they are easy to overbake, which will make them crunchy.

Makes 6 dozen cookies

Preheat oven to 375°F

Beat until creamy:
3 sticks (12oz) softened unsalted butter

Add and beat until fluffy (about 3 minutes):
1½ cup light brown sugar
1â…“ cup white sugar

Beat in, until well combined:
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla

Combine in a separate bowl:
4½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 cups sifted flour
1½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix dry ingredients into butter mixture with a spatula or wooden spoon until just combined.

Stir in (optional):
3½ cups dark seedless raisins or 3½ cups chocolate chips

Drop tablespoon-sized balls onto un-greased baking sheets. Smash, with 1” between mounds. Bake 14 – 16 min. until edges are golden brown. Centers will be pale!

Cool 2 min; transfer to rack.