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.

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30 Responses to "Outrageous Oatmeal Spice Cookies"
  1. These sound delicious!

  2. Kristin says:

    MB, I always enjoy reading your posts and love the look of your blog. I think I’ll give these cookies a definite go! Please keep posting and enjoy the journey! x

  3. Michelle says:

    You clearly found the best of the Starbucks bakery case. And bested it a thousand times over!

  4. elamb says:

    These sound absolutely delightful! Love the mix of spices. And I will join you for a plateful of these and a massively huge mug of coffee 🙂

  5. I haven’t been inside a Starbucks in years as I really don’t like the coffee (and there was a huge tax dodging scandal here that further cemented my resolve not to spend any of my taxed income in there…I know, I am so stubborn!) so I didn’t realise that they do quite so much in the way of baked goods. I still won’t have to go in now that you have posted this amazing recipe!! It is absolutely chock full of yummy things – wow!! Thank you for bringing these to the party – Happy Fiesta Friday!!

    • Thanks Selma! Honestly, as I mentioned, you’re not missing too much in the pastry case – except for the cookies. So glad you have an alternate source for the recipe now 🙂

  6. I absolutely adore all the spices and flavours in these cookies! I don’t go to starbucks often as they don’t do my drink in the UK, but I would probably have frequented more often if I’d tried these cookies! Now I can try your even better sounding ones at home!

  7. dishofdailylife says:

    Yum! I love oatmeal cookies, and my youngest son really likes them as well! Can’t wait to try these! Pinning!

  8. that looks complicated with many stages however i bet it tastes good 😀

  9. I love Starbucks cookies! To be honest, when I’m probably buying something other than their coffee since oftentimes caffeine gives me a headache. But their pastries and food are good. I think I’m going to have to try these cookies. I have all the ingredients =)

  10. The mix of spices so appeal to the Indian in me! 🙂

  11. Outrageous indeed 🙂 The spices, the dry fruits, I love how they are just perfect for the cold weather! I think this one is going on my christmas baking list this year! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  12. Visiting from Saturday Night Fever. These cookies look so good, I love oat cookies. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  13. First of yes yes yes to the blog name. Second thanks for linkin’ up to That Fresh Friday. You are one of my pics and yum do those looks so good.

  14. Ginger says:

    I’m speechless. After seeing your chocolate chip cheesecake and now these cookies… wow. Just wow. Pinning to the Show Me Saturday Pinterest board.

  15. Mmmmm. These cookies sound absolutely divine, and I am digging the spices you added to them. How could they NOT be good? Definitely gonna have to try them for myself at home sometime soon, especially with fall weather knocking at the door.

    This was one of my favorite links shared during last week’s #thatsfreshfriday link-up! I’ll be sharing it on my blog tonight, as well as on my social media throughout the weekend. I hope we see you at the new party later today. Keep up the great work!

  16. Stopping in to share that you’ve bee featured tonight at Foodie Friday’s. Hope to see you there!

  17. wow nom nom nom!! I have to have some of the outrageous oatmeal spice cookies! sound, look, smell, taste amazing (I am sure!). Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to save for later.

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