Chai Spice Oatmeal Cookies

We could all use a little more spice in our lives, right? Or maybe we just need to learn how to recognize and appreciate the spice in our lives?

It’s become impossible for me to bake anything without my youngest. Sometimes it isn’t very convenient, as I’m not a patient person. These cookies I could whip up in 10 minutes when working alone, but easily turns into a 30 minute (or longer) project with an almost-three-old working next to me.

I realized the other night that I sometimes take my kids for granted. Because the youngest boy has turned out to be quite moody (wonder where he gets that?) it’s easy for me to get frustrated. So in an effort to keep me too, from going into a rage, I try to totally tune out. All it took was a long coughing fit from him the other night for me to spin into a panic (many, many worst case scenarios flashed before me), all in just a matter of moments. When he finally calmed down – the whole thing only lasted about 15 minutes – I was reminded that I’m not guaranteed his presence…

I vowed to be mindful about treasuring him (the older boy too, but he challenges me in different ways) no matter what the situation. When I look back on my life, making cookies and baking with this little boy will be one of my greatest memories. I hope I never forget his little self, whose head barely reaches the height of the counter (or should I say already reaches the height of the counter?) dragging the step stool over asking, “Me help you?”

“Yes, baby, you help me.”

FYI – I substituted the all-purpose flour for a newly discovered gluten free flour that I came to love! Unfortunately, I bought it on my last trip to New Mexico and haven’t been able to find it again.

This recipe comes from the Mountain Rose Herbs blog, which is the company that I buy all of my herbs from. It’s the bomb, yo!

Chai Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup organic all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon sea salt
1 3/4 sticks softened organic butter
1 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar
1 large organic free-range egg
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups organic old-fashioned rolled oats

Powdered Chai Spice Mix

3/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon organic cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon organic ginger powder
1/8 teaspoon organic clove powder
1/8 teaspoon organic nutmeg powder

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, powdered spice mix, and sea salt together.

3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugars until fluffy and creamy. Add egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture and beat until combined. Scrape bowl with spatula.

4. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until it just becomes smooth.

5. Gradually add oats and mix until well combined.

6. Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into balls with your hands. Place on parchment lined baking sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart. Gently press down each ball to about 3/4-inch thickness using fingertips.

7. Bake until cookies are golden brown, about 13 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool.

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