This is definitely a great Christmas recipe! An old family favorite!
1 cup of raisins
3/4 cup of water
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Boil the water and cool. Add the raisins and 1 teaspoon of soda.
Then, cream together:
1 stick of softened butter
1 cup sugar
Once these ingredients are incorporated, add in raisin mixture.
Then, add to mixture:
1 v. osymrsl ((Translation - 1 cup of oatmeal) My recipe card ACTUALLY says this. I believe my great aunt typed it up, and made my mom a copy who made me a copy. A typo that stands the test of time.)
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of nuts (I omitted.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 package of red hots
(Isn't this the most gorgeous dough???)Bake for 12-13 minutes at 350.
This was actually the first time I've made these! I intentionally made these bigger and softer than my mom usually does. I discovered they were pretty hard to get off the cookie sheet in one piece! After I finished baking these, I called my mom and told her I thought I could improve this recipe. I realized after I talked to her that if I changed it, it wouldn't be Aunt Lila's Red Hot Cookie recipe. Maybe I won't change it. I hope my girls love the ORIGINAL Red Hot Cookies as much as the last three generations.
See also Vintage Recipe Thursday and Ultimate Recipe Swap.