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Spiced oatmeal cookies

Joan Osterkamp, wife of sugar beet farmer Mark Osterkamp, says kids love these nutritious cookies any time of year. Don't worry about precise stirring. "Actually, these cookies taste best when thrown together with a lot of love."

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1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. allspice
2 cups oatmeal
1/4 cup sour milk
1 cup nuts
1 cup raisins


Cream shortening and sugars; add beaten eggs and molasses. Sift flour, soda, salt and spices; combine with oatmeal. Add to creamed mixture with milk. Stir in nuts and raisins. Mix and drop from a spoon onto greased cookie sheets. Bake about 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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