Friday, October 1, 2010

12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies - Spicy Oatmeal Crisps

I chose this recipe first because I thought that the spices would make the house smell like Christmas. The house didn't quite get a Christmasy aroma but these cookies do taste like Christmas! I had a hard time getting the cookies to crisp up but that didn't take away from the taste.

adapted from Cooking Light

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
1 cup packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup regular oats
Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (flour through pepper) in a medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Stir in flour mixture and oats.
Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray, these spread a lot so leave lots of space. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until crisp. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.

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Week 1 Twelve Weeks of Christmast:


  1. What a great cookie to kick off with, and the spices are great with this fall weather!

  2. I'm always looking for a good spicy cookie recipe. I think I've actually tried these in the past and you're right, they are good.

  3. YUMMY! Oatmeal cookies are the best and I'm sure the cinnamon made your house smell delicious!

  4. I do love a spice cookie and I like that this came from Cooking Light.

  5. Ohhh these sound awesome :) Oatmeal cookies are my favorite..and the "spiced" part has me even more interested!

  6. I made peach butter a few weeks ago and LOVED the smell in the house after it stewed away in the crockpot for a day.
    So excited for the spiciness of the holidays coming.

  7. I bet that your house smelled delicious.

  8. Love the pepper in these - so fun and different!

  9. I just adore everything about an oatmeal cookie...they are seriously considered a "comfort food" for me. :-)

    Looking forward to baking along side you for the next couple of months!

    Happy Weekend!

  10. Every Christmas platter needs a tasty cookie that's comes from Cooking Light. These sound all warm and wonderful!

  11. I love the idea of a spicy oatmeal cookie! I agree - I really enjoyed making my house smell like the holidays while baking my cookies.

  12. They sound delicious and I bet they do taste like Christmas! What a great taste!

  13. Delicious and pretty tempting cookies !

  14. All of your first 12 weeks of Christmas cookie recipe looks yummier in their photos. Maybe I should also try it one by one. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Spicy cookies? This sounds great! Actually its my first time to hear a spicy cookie so I should better try this one to know what it really tastes.