A simple, basic, frugal oatmeal cookie.  (Frugal is good and sometimes oatmeal is best.)

½ cup                         shortening
½ cup                         granulated sugar
½ cup                         brown sugar, packed
1                                  large egg  
2 Tbs                          water
½ tsp                          vanilla extract
1 cup                          all-purpose flour
½ tsp                          baking soda
½ tsp                          salt
1 ½ cup                     old-fashioned, rolled oats
1 cup                          raisins (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In large bowl, mix shortening, sugars, egg, water and vanilla extract together until creamy.  Add in the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well.  Mix in the rolled oats.  Stir in the raisins, if desired.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes or just until done.  Remove from cookie sheet and cool on wire rack.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.