Who doesn’t love Fall? It’s my favorite season, by far. The weather is getting chilly, the leaves are changing colors, the cozy scarves and sweaters are taking over the closet- and, of course, all the fall treats to look forward to! Everything spiced and warm and cozy, fresh out the oven and ready to be devoured! Seriously, what’s not to love? Give me a freshly baked fall treat, a cup of coffee to pair it with, and I’ll be your best friend forever.
Understandably, my baking goes into hyper-speed around this time. My mind’s bursting with so many flavors and ideas to try out! I’m already planning flaky apple pies, cinnamon coated peach cobblers, overnight spiced oats. First on the list, however, was to create a cozy cookie recipe! Basically all my favorite things about fall, transferred into a cookie! I wanted to bite into a fresh, warm cookie and have all the spices, the nuts, the warmth! This cookie has it all. It’s a base of whipped butter, seasoned with ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. (the aroma off of just this first step, seriously YUM!) Of course, oats are an essential part of any cozy cookie in my book, so definitely included oats as well. Then, to top it off, these are studded with walnuts as well. Honestly, is this not the coziest fall cookie? I see Ginger Oatmeal Cookies becoming a staple for every future Fall at my house.
If you’ve been following my bakes, you know that I always opt for some dark chocolate in everything I do. This was one of those rare times that I didn’t find it necessary (although to be real, I wouldn’t be mad at topping these with some as well). But, in fact, my BIL tried these yesterday and his first remark was “wow, these are so good, they’re seriously addictive- as addictive as your classic chocolate cookies! I could keep eating these all day!”. So, I think that says enough about these cozy, warm cookies. Now, before you get to baking these, one last thing- these can be adapted for whichever style of cookie you prefer. Bake them for ~8 minutes to keep them chewy, or 10 for a crispier version! Either way, they won’t last long once they’re out the oven. I definitely recommend serving these up with a fresh brewed up of coffee or chai!
Ginger Oatmeal Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup walnuts
- In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt. Beat until well incorporated.
- Add in salt, vanilla extract, egg, and honey. Beat for 1-2 minutes.
- Gradually add in oats and flour to the mixture. Mix well.
- Lastly add walnuts and allow them to incorporate into mixture.
- With a cookie scoop, scoop dough into equal balls. Flatten the balls with a flat bottomed dish that is dipped in flour, taking care to gently remove the cookie dough from the dish if it does stick.
- Place in freezer for 10 minutes to allow the cookie to keep it's form. Preheat oven to 350 F now so it will be ready when cookie dough is.
- Bake at 350 degree F for 8-10 minutes until edges begin to brown.