It’s been well established that two of my favorite things in life are coffee and baked goods.
I’m not tempted by much in the Starbucks pastry case…. (Which is a good thing, because I’m there so often the entire crew knows my name, my high-maintenance order, and the names of all my kids.)
With two small round exceptions.
First up, the Flourless Chewy Chocolate Cookie, which is fudgy and fabulous and quite possibly worth every calorie. I felt the need to create a home version of that one a few weeks ago, which I stuffed with cherries and almonds and white chocolate.
Dad and I stumbled across the chocolate cookies one day when they were out of our standby: the Outrageous Oatmeal Cookie. Full of oats, dark and golden raisins, apricots and cranberries, it gives the (possibly false) impresssion that it is actually good for you.
Seriously, these cookies call my name as I’m standing in line to order my skim beverage du jour.
The thing is, I also crave a good spice cookie. Something with a serious kick. I’ve been in a mood lately to load up cookies with tons of mix-ins and little parties of flavor… so you don’t really know what might be in the next bite.
I tinkered with the recipe for the Outrageous Oatmeal Cookies floating out there in cyberspace. Out went the apricots and cranberries, in went cherries and walnuts. Then, I played mixologist with the contents of my spice drawer – cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and cayenne all went into the dough.
Oh my. These cookies. The spice and walnuts give a nice earthy counterbalance to the sweetness of the raisins and cherries. So. Much. Better.
So… To the cookies calling my name from the pastry case. Sorry, but I’m sticking to my skim latte today, thank you very much – I have a few dozen of your cookie cousins at home to tempt me instead…
I just couldn’t decide which dish to bring to my friends at Fiesta Friday this week… so I’m bringing three!
Outrageous Oatmeal Spice Cookies
adapted from Starbucks Outrageous Oatmeal Cookies
In a large mixing bowl, combine:
- 12 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
Beat until light and fluffy, then add:
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Mix until combined, then add:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup dark raisins
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.