Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas: Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

I prefer spiced oatmeal cookeis to a plain oatmeal cookie--so much more flavor!  Spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger just seem to warm you and the house up when the days and nights are so cold.  Everyone should have a great spiced oatmeal cookie in their recipe book espeically for the holidays!

{Fresh baked spiced cookies!}

Nothing says 'holidays' like a spiced cookie with a hint of orange zest!  This recipe is very easy, and the cookies are delicious!

{Zesting a clementine}

{Cookie dough!}

{I always try to make a tower o'dry ingredients--this is one of my best!}

{Add dry ingredients until JUST COMBINED!}

{Embarrassing---I forgot to get raisins so I used chocolate chips instead!  Delicious anyway LOL}

{Ready for the oven!}

Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

Makes 24 cookies


1 stick butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 orange, finely zested
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup raisins or chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter, sugar, and orange zest until light and fluffy.
  3. Add salt and eggs and beat for an additional 3 minutes on medium high speed.
  4. Combine flour, baking soda, and spices in a separate bowl.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and turn the mixer on low; stir until just combined.
  6. Add oats, nuts and chocolate chips or raisins (or both!).
  7. Drop cookies on greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
Baking these easy cookies while guests arrive is sure to make you home smell wonderful and festive!  Bonus--they are not overly sweet, just spicy!
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