The Most Purrrrfect Oatmeal Cookie!

EVER!

Many of my friends know that my “secret” ingredient for any baked good that contains fruit is Fiori Di Sicilia from King Arthur Flour. It’s a flavor that is absolutely magical.

For some time I’ve been meaning to try them in my favorite oatmeal cookie recipe, but I wasn’t sure about the flavor combination with cinnamon and cloves. Today I decided to try it. I also upped the vanilla amount. These absolutely divine!

Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

2 cups pecans
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/16th teaspoon Fiori Di Sicilia
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 cups golden raisins

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the pecans on a sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes, until crisp. Set aside to cool. Chop very coarsely.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla.

Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves and salt together into a medium bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Add the oats, raisins, and pecans and mix just until combined.

Using a small ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop 2-inch mounds of dough onto sheet pans lined with parchment paper. Flatten slightly with a damp hand. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer the cookies to a baking rack and cool completely.

So darn good! But don’t be tempted to add more than the 1/16th teaspoon of Fiori Di Sicilia, it will over power everything else.

It’s absolutely gorgeous outside today. I took a four mile walk this morning, came back and swept and mopped, baked the cookies, had a cup of tea, and weeded all of my oregano, which has gone absolutely crazy. It’s so warm in the winter here anymore that it just keeps growing all year round.

CJ Tinkle

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