The original recipe allowed for raisins as an optional ingredient. I chose to add craisins. I don’t care for raisins. I think if you gave me a bowl of Raisin Bran I would still pick out the raisins one by one before I pour the milk into it. Anyway, the instructions also said to bake for 10-15 minutes. I think 8-9 minutes is fine; my cookies came out a little brown, but still so good that the hands (mine included) keep reaching into the cookie jar.