Chai-Spiced Peach Oatmeal Cookies

by Kelly on October 3, 2011

If there is one thing (well, not true, there are probably many, many things) I dislike, it’s moving.  Sure it was fun in college, with the help of my parents to organize, pack, unpack, reorganize, and repack things, but when you’re a girl on your own it is decidedly NOT a fun endeavor.  Because of that, I really thought I would stay in my last apartment until I bought a condo or left the city entirely.  But life, in the way it often does, had other plans for me.

And so I find myself with a new apartment full (and I do mean this literally, save for a small path from the front door to the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom) with boxes.  I know that soon I’ll delight in organizing things just so and decorating such that it feels as if I have already been living there for months if not years.  But for now, the prospect of getting my life back in order is a bit daunting, especially since assuming I would not be moving for awhile, I’ve became a bit of a pack rat.  In the past year and a half my apartment old apartment became a dumping ground for my parents’ castoffs and items from college and high school that I forgot how much I loved.  I guess that’s what happens when you live little more than a 6 ½ hour car ride from your family.  But let me tell you, when you have to box up all of said items and label the boxes accordingly, you start loving them a lot less.  Towards the end of my packing there was definitely a lot less packing and a lot more purging.

In the kitchen, purging meant working my way through my pantry as best I could.  (Because surely you didn’t think I was going to part with a single kitchen gadget.  Nope.  Not going to happen.)  In the weeks and days leading up to the move I’d been crafting my recipes around making use of some of the items that have been kicking around for awhile.  That included some dried peaches.  Hailing from Frog Hollow, these dried peaches are pretty fantastic as far as dried fruits go.  The problem is that dried fruits are just not something I think to cook or bake with very often so it’s easy for them to get forgotten about, pushed to the back of the pantry.  These cookies are perfect for giving them their rightful place.

Chai-Spiced Peach Oatmeal Cookies-1And to make them extra special, I used a bit of the leftover Chai Spice Mixture that I concocted back when I made Blueberry & Chai-Scented Crumble Pancakes.  It’s subtle in this recipe but really rounds out the flavor and adds lovely notes of spice and warmth.  I love that it adds depth to the cookies without overpowering the peaches.  Tasting the dough raw I was afraid the cardamom might be overpowering, but the heat of the oven softens it.  These cookies are a new favorite of mine and perfect for anyone who loves oatmeal cookies but could do without the raisins.

Chai-Spiced Peach Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from Sunny Anderson
Yields 26 cookies

Ingredients:

-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-Pinch salt
-3/4 teaspoon Chai Spice Mixture
-1 stick butter, softened
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 large egg
-1 ½ cups rolled oats
-1/2 cup dried peaches
-1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
-1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and Chai Spice Mixture. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add egg and continue mixing. Slowly add flour mixture, oats, peaches, walnuts, and cinnamon chips. Mix until combined.

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment. With wet hands or a small cookie scoop make 20 balls from the dough placing evenly among sheet trays.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden and still a bit tender in the center. Remove from oven and let sit on the cookie sheets for 1 minute. Remove to cooling racks to cool completely.

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen October 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

Ugh! I hate moving too. In the end, the purging process can be quite satisfying, though. ;)

I love anything spiced with chai seasoning, so these look like a winner to me!

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Kelly October 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

Sarah – I agree, there are some things that are satisfying. I definitely appreciate the opportunity to start over, a bit like a new year’s resolution and make things much more organized than they were before. But I will admit that I had a purging fail. I didn’t really get rid of that much stuff. I don’t think I’m bad enough for hoarder status, but close…probably.

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shannon October 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

oh those peaches were fantastic! and love the pairing here with the chai spices :) I am in a similar boat with the move, trying to purge a bit more as I unpack in my new place… hope it goes well for you and you’re getting settled in!

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Kelly October 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Shannon – It’s going. I never believed people when they told me I had too much stuff, but now that I’m unpacking I see they were probably right!

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Carolyn Jung October 3, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I hate moving, too. That’s probably why the last apartment I had, I stayed in for 11 years, even though my rent kept rising like crazy. Great cookies definitely make the trauma of moving more manageable, though. Plus, they give you strength for lugging all those boxes.

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Kelly October 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

Carolyn – I know. I feel like renters can be held captive in that way! I definitely wasn’t in love with my last apartment but the thought of packing everything up and repacking was PAINFUL, but the rent increase they were talking about was so high for no additional value I had to bite the bullet. Luckily my new kitchen & place = so much better.

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Reeni October 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

You packed these cookies full of irresistible goodies! Peaches and chai spices are a lovely combo! Hope you get settled soon.

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Kelly October 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

Reeni,

Thanks hun. I do love the peaches and chai together. It’s making me think a peach and chai pie would also be fantastic.

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parenting articles October 4, 2011 at 6:04 am

oatmeal cookies are the best!

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brandi October 4, 2011 at 10:24 am

this mix sounds so good. i love the idea of the peaches + chai spices together.

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Hannah October 4, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Mmm, those ingredients together hit all the right notes: Spicy, sweet, fruity, semi-wholesome… So perfect for fall. I think I might go with apples rather than peaches though, to continue that autumnal theme. Ah, I can taste them now..!

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Foodventurous October 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Anything chai infused is perfect for this time of year. Great idea!

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Cara October 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I don’t look forward to moving ever again either – partially because I suspect there are many bits of random fried fruits hanging out in my cabinets. No peaches though, I’ve never seen those! What a fab idea to pair them with chai!

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Susan October 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Boxing the stuff up is not nearly as fun as unpacking in an organized and decorative way, although you do wind up finding long-lost treasures as you empty out everything.

Your cookies sound like the perfect match of flavor and textures. I don’t know what cinnamon chips are, so shall have to look them up. I am intrigued.

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Kerstin October 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I like unpacking and organizing, but could do without the rest!

I love chai too, these look fantastic!

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Ranjani October 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

These look amazing! Peaches and cardamom is a great combination

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