Saturday, May 21, 2011

Garam Masala Oatmeal Cookies


I was researching spices and ran into a recipe for Garam Masala Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on NPR. What do you know? I have just bought some garam masala so I decided to make it. Did you know that garam means heat and masala means spice mix? Well, now you know!

One stick of butter soften by the power of the sun!

1 1/2 cup of oatmeal with the power of soluble fiber!

Invite 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to join the oatmeal in the party bowl. Tell them to mingle.

When the butter has acquired the soften power of the sun, combine its power with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar! Use an electric mixer to beat them together for maximum tastiness.

Gather two eggs with power of golden glue. Beat in one at a time with the butter and sugar to release glue power.

Haul in the aromatic power of 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract! Activate with a few seconds of mixing.

Time to combine the forces of the wet power (butter, sugar, egg, vanilla mixture) with the dry power (oatmeal, flour, and company) with some stirring.

More sun power with a cup of dried cranberries. Note that the original recipe calls for golden raisins, but I believe dried cranberries are more potent despite the fact that they are not sun golden like the raisins. Mix in the dried cranberry power using the force of a thousand pterodactyls! RAWR! Okay...maybe not that much force, but enough to incorporate everything, damnit!

Roll the combined powers into dainty little balls.

Stick in a chocolate chip (60% cocoa would be a good idea). The chocolate chips were my idea, so you do not have to do this.

Ugly, lopsided dainty balls are also encouraged. Perfect balls are boring, give them some characters!

And no cookie adventure is ever complete without the production of the ultimate cookie. The boss cookie.

Now would be a good time to slap yourself for forgetting to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. No worries, here are some powerful suggestions while you wait for that sucker to heat up:

1. Roll around in the sun light.
2. Pet a kitty.
3. Play wrestle with a puppy.
4. Do 30 crunches, 3 minutes of jumping jacks, 30 push ups.
5. Nap.
6. Water your plants.
7. Floss.
8. Call your mom.
9. IM all of your friends to say "I got some cookies in the making, suckers!"
10. Wash those dirty bowls, measuring spoons, and mixer that you have lying around.

Let dainty balls of power harness oven power for 14 minutes. Eat those power-packed cookies and say to yourself: Well done, grasshopper!

Here's the easier to read and condensed version:

Garam Masala Oatmeal Cookies

1 stick of butter (soften)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons garam malasa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cranberries

chocolate chips if desired


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat butter with sugar until smooth.
Beat in one egg at a time until fluffy.
Add vanilla extract and beat to mix.
Mix oatmeal, flour, garam masala powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
Stir oatmeal mixture in with butter and sugar mixture until all is wet.
Stir in dried cranberries.
Form dough into balls. If wanted, pin a few chocolate chips on top of the balls.
Bake in preheated 350 oven for 14 minutes.
Eat like a boss!


  1. lol. i enjoyed reading the long version than the short version! :D

    although you have to tell me, how did it taste? garam masala and cookies just do not mix (in my head)!

    and i love the idea of the boss cookie! :D

  2. That was me*! but it wouldn't let me post via my Google account.

    *you know who!

  3. The garam masala is really mild in the cookie. It does exactly jump out at you and scream "I'M A GARAM MASALA TASTE AND I WILL RUIN EVERYTHING!"

    It just gives a nice little kick in the cookies. So you'd be eating this seemingly normal oatmeal cookie, and it tastes pretty good, except you notice a teeny hint of spice somewhere that makes you wonder "hmm...I wonder where this wonderful spice taste is from? What is it? Is it ginger?"

    I actually really like this cookie (it may even be one of my favorite cookies).

  4. i forgot to say, look at you and your fancy wooden furniture. SUCH A FANCY PANTS!