Prep and cook time: About 1 hour. Notes: To toast almonds, place in a baking pan and bake in a 350° oven, shaking often, until golden under skins, about 15 minutes. When cool, whirl in a blender until coarsely ground. Store the cookies airtight for up to 2 days.
1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese five spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 cup coarsely ground toasted almonds (see notes)
How to Make It
In a bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, five spice, cinnamon, and salt. Stir or beat into butter mixture until well incorporated. Stir in oats and almonds.
Drop dough in 1 1/2-tablespoon portions, 1 1/2 inches apart, onto buttered 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.
Bake cookies in a 350° oven until golden, 12 to 15 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking.
With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool. If hot cookies start to break, slide a thin spatula under them to release; let stand on pan to firm up, 2 to 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
Tried this recipe after adding Chinese Five Spice powder to my spice collection and always looking for new cookie recipes. I made a half recipe and used a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop instead of the larger amount stated in the recipe, so it made 4 dozen cookies. The cookies were crisp due to the butter, so they spread easily. I used parchment paper so they wouldn't stick to the baking sheet. They do need a couple of minutes on the baking sheet after baking to "firm" up. My spouse likes oatmeal cookies that are a bit softer, so a little more flour would probably work. I would also increase the amount of the Five Spice Powder for more flavor. That said, the cookies are quickly disappearing!
Made these today along with 2 other cookies recipes that are new to me. These are AMAZING cookies, didn't get a chance to toast the almonds, but they still came out delish:) My hubby wants me to make some with added raisins. If you're looking for a wonderful recipe to try, anytime, these are the ones. Make sure you have the 5 spice, it is what makes these cookies absolutely irresistible:) Hope you enjoy as much as we do:)