Six Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Diane’s Six Spice Oatmeal Cookies – the sexiest oatmeal cookies ever

Discover why these six spice oatmeal cookies are such a hit

Diane was too busy teaching couples how to cook romantic meals this month to contribute her usual dish. But she did send us the following note with comments from the illustrious Ruth Reichl, along with her famous Six Spice Oatmeal Cookies recipe. Based on user reviews alone, these might be the most popular oatmeal cookies in the world!

Explains Diane:

I published Diane’s Six Spice Oatmeal Raisin  Cookie in Gourmet magazine in 1997, and it has been the most loved/hated  cookie recipe on Epicurious since, with 3.5 forks and over 175 reviews. Now,  Gourmet Magazine’s James Beard award-winning public television show has  featured it on their Just Desserts episode. Of all of the dessert recipes in  the WORLD, mine was described by Ruth Reichl as “an innocent oatmeal cookie”  that builds into “an explosion that takes place in your mouth.”

And they’re an aphrodisiac

That’s why Ruth Reichl loves these cookies. Now we’ll tell you why we’re obsessed with Diane’s Six Spice Oatmeal Cookies. Have you ever heard the baking spices called, “warming spices?” They’re given the name because they warm the body from the inside out. And we think it works brilliantly as a prelude to tearing off your clothes! Ginger and nutmeg, both used in this recipe feature in our guide to aphrodisiac foods. And so does chile pepper, one of our favorite aphrodisiac ingredients. Even just a hint can make the lips tingle and cheeks take on an attractive flush. Oh, and just a note for those who don’t enjoy raisins, the cookies also work with craisins. In fact, we think it’s even better with the tart and tangy flavor of aphrodisiac cranberries!

5 from 2 votes
Six Spice Oatmeal Cookies
Diane's 6-Spice Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe from Chef Diane Brown is sure to become everyone's new favorite. A twist on standard oatmeal cookies, it's packed with flavor from the exotic blend of spice. 

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Oatmeal Cookies
Dish Type: cookie
Seasonal: Christmas, Holiday season, Valentine's Day, winter
Ingredient: oatmeal
Servings: 60 cookies
Created by: Diane Brown
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups old-fashioned or quick-cook oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 375 degrees.
  2. Sift together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt into a bowl. Beat together butter and sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. Add flour mixture and slowly beat until just combined well.
  4. Stir in rolled oats and raisins (dough will be stiff).
  5. Working in batches, drop dough by level tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake until golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Cool cookies on baking sheet 1 minute and transfer to racks to cool completely.

You can read the epicurious user reviews of Diane’s cookies here. They’re pretty impressive!:

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