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8 1/2 c. sifted flour
1 Tbsp. salt
8 c. quick rolled oats
2 1/2 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
2 c. melted vegetable
2 c. light molasses
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. hot water
3 c. seedless raisins
2 c. black walnuts or English

Reserve 1/2 cup flour. Sift together flour, salt and
baking soda in a very large bowl. Mix oatmeal, sugar and
ginger. Stir in melted shortening, molasses, beaten eggs, hot
water, sifted dry ingredients, raisins and nuts. Work dough
with hands until well mixed. Add the 1/2 cup flour if needed
to make dough workable. Roll portion of dough to 1/4 inch
thickness. Cut with 3 1/2 inch cutter. Place cut cookies on
lightly greased baking sheets. Brush with water. Sprinkle with
sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes 6 dozen. This
is an old recipe; makes a lot of cookies.

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