Honey Oatmeal Cookies

YIELD: Makes 6 to 7 dozen

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup

hot water

,

or hot black tea

1 cup

raisins

2 cups

flour

1 1/2 cups

quick cooking rolled oats

1 tsp.

baking soda

1 tsp.

ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp.

salt

1/2 tsp.

ground nutmeg

1 cup

butter

3/4 cup

honey

1

egg

1 tsp.

vanilla

1/2 to 1 cup

chopped walnuts

1 package (6 oz.)

chocolate chips

,

optional

DIRECTIONS

Pour hot water/tea over raisins; let stand at least 15 minutes.

Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly; set aside.

Cream butter; gradually add honey until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.

Drain raisins; reserve 1/4 cup liquid. Alternately add flour mixture and reserved raisin liquid. Stir in nuts, raisins and chocolate chips. Chill dough for at least one hour.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350°F about 12 minutes or until browned. Let stand one minute on cookie sheet; remove and cool on rack.

Store in airtight container.