•Use dried cranberries in place of the raisins.
•Omit the raisins entirely and make cinnamon oatmeal cookies.
•Add a half cup, give or take, of chopped pecans or walnuts.
•Add a half cup of shredded, unsweetened coconut.
•A mix of white chocolate chips and dried cranberries is also tasty, and they look festive on a holiday platter.
•Semi-sweet chocolate chips are fair game, too. However, when making with chocolate chips, my preference is to omit the cinnamon.
Prefer bakery-size cookies? I often make these cookies twice as big (using ¼-cup ice cream scoop), adding approximately two minutes to the bake time. For holiday platters, I tend towards the smaller cookies associated with the larger yield.
To make bar cookies: Bake for 30-35 minutes in an ungreased 13×9-inch metal baking pan. Check a few minutes early, as all ovens vary.