Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Got 20 minutes to prep? 10 minutes to bake? Rock out this sweet and spicy cookie for some satisfaction (the Mick Jagger kind, not the mediocre kind).

CookieCollageWhile my boyfriend’s parents were in town, I was quite nervous. They don’t speak much English so I tried showing my affections with food. After spending a day in the biting cold, we came home to our London flat for a little winter warm up. As they put on the tea kettle, I mixed up some soft and chewy spiced oatmeal raisin cookies. These cookies are easy to prepare, quick to cook and substantial enough to hold you over until the next meal. Here’s what you do…

SPICY OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

1  1/2 cup flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground clove
Pinch of salt

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup raisins

Instructions
Preheat oven to 165 degrees celcius (345 degrees farenheit)
1. Bowl A: Blend together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth
2. Bowl B: Mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, clove and salt
3. Combine bowl A and B
4. Add oats and raisins
5. Drop round dollops of cookie dough onto a baking sheet and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Overcooking these cookies spells serious disaster because the raisins will turn into sharp edged rocks – very uncool. And make sure the butter is softened making it easy to cream. I knew what I was up to, so I tossed a stick of butter on the kitchen counter before I head out with the family. Once cooked, let it sit for 5 minutes otherwise they will crumble and fall apart. This happened to me once, but never again!

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