#6: Recipe of the Week

I already have a new recipe of the week! I actually made two new things last night we’ve never had before and both turned out great: Spicy Oatmeal Crisps and a Spinach Tortellini Toss. We ate the spinach tortellini for dinner – it was really good, had a nice kick in the sauce courtesy of crushed red pepper and lots of garlic. The cookies were also good – but I didn’t follow the directions for “level tablespoon” because it didn’t look like much – they baked extremely thin (ok…I should have known by the word “crisp” in the title), and mine turned into basically a tray of one cookie. I just cut them apart with a knife, and all is well. Here is the recipe for the cookies, from Cooking Light magazine:

Spicy Oatmeal Crisps

3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark brown)
5 Tbsp. butter or stick margarine, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup oats
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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 tablespoon 2 inches apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or until crisp. Cool on pan 2-3 minutes or until firm. Remove from pan; cool on wire racks.

Yield 2 dozen cookies.

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2 responses to “#6: Recipe of the Week

  1. hmm… black pepper sounds like an odd ingredient for cookies. Did you like their taste?

  2. Actually the black pepper added a nice touch to the cookie I thought. I agree it is a strange ingredient, and I was skeptical about it, but it turned out really well. If it doesn’t appeal to you at all, it could definitely be omitted without significantly changing the taste of the cookie…but I thought it added a nice kick!

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