Beth's Favorite Oatmeal Cookies
(Submitted by Beth Smith)

Moist and chewy, these are my favorite cookies.  And since they are made with oatmeal you can eat them for breakfast.

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I just dump lots in ... I love cinnamon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted shortening (I use butter, unsalted works best for baking)
1 tablespoon molasses
1/4 cup milk
1 3/4 cups uncooked oatmeal (get the quick cook oatmeal...NO instant oatmeal)
1/2 cup raisins, dried cranberries, or both (never an option with oatmeal cookies)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preaheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.  Arrange by teaspoonfuls on unbuttered cookie sheets and bake until the edges are brown (about 10-12 min).  (I sometimes chill the dough for a few hours before spooning onto the cookie sheets and bakeing.  It helps to make the cookies more cake like.)