Irish Drop Cookies

1 1/2 c. raisins
1 c. hot water
3 1/2 c. flour
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
Nuts, if desired

Simmer raisins in hot water for 15 minutes. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup liquid. Mix shortening, sugar and eggs. Sift flour and spices. Add soda to the reserved liquid and mix with the shortening mixture. Blend in flour mixture. Mix well. Drop on baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

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