Original recipe found in the Pinch of Salt Lake Cookbook printed back in the 1980's, this recipe truly is the best oatmeal raisin cookie recipe I've made.
Bring raisins and water to a boil in a small saucepan, Cover and turn off heat. Or place raisins in small bowl and add 1/4 cup water. Microwave for about 2 minutes covered with plastic wrap. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
Add vanilla. Add all remaining dry ingredients and mix just until all wet and dry ingredients are incorporated. This takes about 30 seconds at most on low speed or by hand.
Drain raisins and fold into dough.
With a 2 inch scoop, place dough on an ungreased cookie sheet. flatten slightly with palm of hand. Dough should no longer be wet looking, if dough is shiny or wet looking, fold in 2 more tablespoons of flour before scooping onto cookie sheet.
Bake for about 7-8 minutes or until the dough is no longer wet looking and top crust has barely formed. Cookies will be slightly under baked.