Five-Spice Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ginger, cinnamon, long pepper, honey and nutmeg compounded into a baked goodie are a specific Arab prescription for potency. In the Middle Ages, aphrodisiac spices were kneaded into pastries intended for the beloved. A little sugar and intensely flavored spice makes everything nice.

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3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, spices, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Add flour mixture and slowly beat until just combined well. Stir in rolled oats and raisins (dough will be stiff).
 Working in batches, drop dough by level tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake in middle of oven until golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
Cool cookies on baking sheet for 1 minute and transfer to racks to cool completely. Makes about 25 cookies.
Posted: 12/10/2010 10:50:53 PM

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