Soak the raisins in the 1/2 c hot water. Break up any clumps.
Cream sugar and oleo. Add eggs. Add rest except raisins. May need to add more water to get a cookie dough consistency. Add raisins last.
Bake at 350-375 degrees on greased cookie sheets. Anywhere from 8-12 minutes, depending on how loose your dough is and how hot your oven is.
Freeze well; let them cool completely first or they'll stick together in the bag and be damaged when you take them out. Yield: 8 dozen.