Pepper may sound like an odd ingredient for a cookie, but it complements the other spices well (although you can omit it if you prefer).
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
1 cup packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup regular oats
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 7 ingredients (flour through pepper) in a medium bowl. Beat sugar, butter, and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Stir in flour mixture and oats.
Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until crisp. Cool on pan 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove cookies from pan; cool on wire racks.
So unlike what others are saying, my cookies did turn out like the picture. But I must say, the pepper was too much for us. I wouldn't use it in this recipe again. We ate them all, but not on my top list as a Christmas giveaway.
The taste of the cookies was very good. However, the appearance of the cookies was unappetizing. The first batch spread and filled the cookie sheet, needing to be cut apart. Using less dough, the cookies still spread and just were extremely thin. Baking time was adjusted to 8 or 9 minutes. Would not use recipe again.
At 12 minutes these were not crispy but pillow like, so I baked an additional 2 minutes. What a huge mistake I have a nice pile of crumbs and 2 baking sheets that are a mess. The crumbs taste great, kind of like a spiced wafer with oats.