Food Network publishes a highly rated oatmeal raisin cookie recipe from Paula Deen on its website, FoodNetwork.com. The recipe yields three to four dozen cookies and takes just 20 minutes to prepare.
To make Paula Deen’s oatmeal raisin cookies, preheat an oven to 350 F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add 1/2 cup water to 1 cup of raisins and 1 cup of chopped pecans. Microwave the mixture for 90 seconds, and allow it to sit on the counter for 10 minutes before draining the water and setting the mixture to the side.
Combine 2 sticks of room-temperature butter with 1 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar, beating with a mixer until the mixture is creamy. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 eggs, beating until fully incorporated.
In a separate bowl, sift 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix in 2 cups of uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats, the raisins and the nuts. Mix until blended.
Using a tablespoon, drop the batter onto the baking sheet, allowing room for the cookies to spread as they bake. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, and then remove the cookies from the oven, cooling for around three minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.