Large Batch Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe is kind of large for a Kitchen Aid mixer, though I did use mine for creaming the butter and sugar... up until the part where you add in the flour.  Then I transferred it to a large bowl.

2 cups butter

3/4 cup shortening

3 1/4 cups brown sugar

1 1/4 cups white sugar

5 eggs

2/3 cup buttermilk

4 teaspoons vanilla

6 cups of oats

5 3/4 cups unbleached flour

1 tablespoon baking soda

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 375F. Spray or grease cookie sheets lightly.

Cream butter, shortening and sugars together in a large bowl.  Beat for five minutes until light and fluffy.  Add in eggs, one at  a time. Add in buttermilk and vanilla.  

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix into dough just until incorporated.  Add in oatmeal and raisins.

Drop by tablespoon onto cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Mix in possibilities:  dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon chips...