Honey Spice Oatmeal Cookies

YIELD: Makes 6 dozen

INGREDIENTS

2 3/4 cups

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all-purpose flour

1 T

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ground ginger

2 tsp.

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ground cinnamon

1 tsp.

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baking soda

1/2 tsp.

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salt

1/4 tsp.

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ground cloves

1/4 tsp.

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nutmeg

1 1/2 cups

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oats (quick-cooking or old fashioned)

,

uncooked

1/2lb. (2 sticks)

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butter 

,

softened (no substitutions)

3/4 cup

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honey

1 large

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egg

DIRECTIONS

In large bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves and nutmeg; mix well.

Add oats; mix well.

To prepare cookies:

In a large bowl, beat butter and honey with electric mixer until creamy. Add egg; beat well.

Add half of cookie mix; beat well. Add remaining cookie mix; beat well.

Divide dough into thirds; place each on a piece of plastic wrap and flatten to 1/2-inch thickness. Wrap tightly; chill at least 4 hours.

Heat oven to 350°F.

Remove one portion of dough from refrigerator.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten to 1/8-inch thickness with bottom of glass dipped in granulated sugar. Repeat with remaining dough.

Bake 5 to 7 minutes, just until centers are set. (Cookies will feel soft. Do not overbake.)

Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

TIP

Variations:

Decorated Cookies:

Decorate cooled cookies with melted dark or white chocolate, ready-to-spread frosting, decorator frosting in tubes, assorted small candies or candy sprinkles.

Thumbprint Cookies:

Use thumb to make a deep indentation in center of each cookie dough ball.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until very light golden brown.

Remove cookies from oven; press small dark or white chocolate candy into indentation or fill with 1/2 teaspoon preserves.

Cool and store as directed.