A good recipe for old-fashioned oatmeal cookies is Betty Crocker's recipe that calls for quick-cooking oats in addition to flour, molasses, raisins, cinnamon and eggs. Another good recipe uses brown sugar and almond extract.
To make old-fashioned oatmeal-raisin cookies, cream together 1 1/4 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup of softened butter, 1/3 cup of molasses and 2 eggs, and then fold in 2 cups of quick-cooking oats, 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add 1 cup of raisins, and dollop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for nine to 10 minutes.
Make another good recipe by mixing together 1 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of white sugar and 2/3 cup of softened butter and adding 1/4 cup of water, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon of almond extract and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Finish by stirring in 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 3 cups of rolled oats. Chill the dough for several hours until it has a firm texture, and drop dough balls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies at 350 F for 12 to 14 minutes.