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Garam Masala Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

This recipe is adapted from one by Terry Boyd at www.blue-kitchen.com, and is based on one taught by The Chopping Block cooking school in Chicago. I loved the surprising spicy flavors in the cookie. Think of this as a cinnamon-flavored cookie on steroids!

Courtesy of Terry Boyd
Garam Masala Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Courtesy of Terry Boyd

Makes 2 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups regular or quick-cooking oats

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala (store-bought or homemade)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup golden raisins

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two cookie sheets.

Combine the oats, flour, garam masala, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Beat the butter and sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until thoroughly mixed and creamy. (If you're impatient like me and don't let the butter get warm enough before starting, use a fork to mash it together with the sugars, then finish up with the mixer.)

Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. I usually add it about a third at a time to avoid overwhelming the egg mixture. Stir in raisins.

Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop rounded balls of dough onto the cookie sheets. Flatten slightly. Bake until golden, 12 to 14 minutes (depending on your oven). Cool on wire racks.