Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

Turn ho-hum into hot, hot, hot!

We’ll be honest, standard oatmeal cookies aren’t our thing. They tend to be too plain, just ok as a cookie. And in our books, “just ok” for a cookie is a culinary crime!

So why not spice up that ho-hum oatmeal with exotic spices like earthy cumin, fiery ginger powder, and warming nutmeg – and add a punch of heat from spicy cayenne pepper powder to boot? Now this is an oatmeal cookie that has something to say. It’ll warm up even the chilliest night, and that standard glass of milk is the perfect pairingĀ to curb that heat!

Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

3.63 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 dozen


  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cumin,cloves, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.
  • In a separate large bowl, add the two sugars and the butter, and beat the ingredients with a handheld mixer until the batter turns fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and the vanilla extract to the batter and stir. Then add in the flour/spice mix and stir to combine. Finally add in the oats and the raisins and stir to combine.
  • Grease a baking sheet, then using a tablespoon drop the cookie dough onto the sheet. Space the cookies two inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies for 7 to 10 minutes, or until they turn a light golden brown.
  • Remove the cookies from the heat, and allow them to sit for a minute. Then move the cookies from the sheet to a cooling rack.
  • Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes prior to serving.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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