I have a confession. I don’t fancy oats that much. It’s always one of those things that I am forced to eat whenever I fall sick. Plus its too healthy for me. Just a tad. 🙂 So when I saw Anna Olson making this on TV, I decided to give it a miss but held out to the thought that someday I might run out of food in my pantry leaving me with a whole box of oats. Instead of making myself a bowl of bland oats porridge, I might as well enjoy me some cookies. Hey, you never know!
Boy am I happy I did! These are the BEST oatmeal cookies everrrr! They are crisp around the edges and soft and chewy on the inside. The brown sugar lends to the softness of this cookie. So please don’t ever substitute this with white sugar alone for the cookie dough. It really does make a difference and well worth the effort to go out and buy some brown sugar just for this dare I say.
The addition of the spices really enhances the flavour of this cookie as well and the balance between the sweetness and the spices is just perfect. I especially like the subtle hint of spices coming through at the end of every bite. Simply delish!
One important thing though is to not overbake them. The recipe calls for 10 minutes baking time only. If you feel that at the 10 minute mark your cookies looks pale in the center and kinda undone, trust me they are not. They will continue to cook and set while cooling on the wire rack. As long as the edges of the cookie look brown and crisp, you are good to go.
This recipe was originally meant to be a sandwich cookie with a peanut butter center but I just didn’t have time for that. It was getting late at night and quite frankly I loved this way too much to be bothered with the peanut butter filling. Maybe next time I’d give that a go. Yup I will be doing this again for sure. Great for a tea time snack or even for a bake sale as this recipe yields 3 dozen cookies.