Oatmeal cookies

1 cup raisins
1 cup water
3/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cloves
2 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts
About 6 1/2 dozen cookies.
Simmer raisins and water over medium heat until raisins are plump, about 15 minutes.
Drain raisins, reserving the liquid.
Add enough water to reserved liquid to measure 1/2 cup.
Heat oven to 400F.
Mix thoroughly shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
Stir in reserved liquid.
Blend in remaining ingredients.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2" apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown.