By HeatherFeather on October 01, 2002
Photo by SashasMommy
Photo by SashasMommy
"When I purchased a bottle of Chinese 5-spice powder from my Watkins lady, this is the recipe that came with it. Chinese 5-spice is a blend of aromatic seasonings and includes the licoricy taste of star anise. You can find Chinese 5-spice prebottled in many grocery stores or at an Asian market (or from your local Watkins rep)."
Serving Size: 1 (34 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 36
"I LOVE me some 5 spice oatmeal cookies! These are really good! Good old oatmeal cookie texture but with a little added kick. I followed the recipe exactly, no need to change a thing. I baked my half for 13 minutes (I like soft cookies) and my husbands half 16 minutes (he likes 'em crisp). Thank you for sharing. "
"This is one recipe I followed! Great! Yummy! They`re on my Christmas list of cookies."
"I saw a discussion about this recipe on one of the boards and then saw 5-Spice in the grocery store shortly after and just knew that I HAD to try these. Am I ever glad I did!!! My DDs had used up all of my almonds so I decided since the nuts were to be ground and seemed to be part of the 'dry' ingredients to provide the right consistency that I shouldn't reduce the black walnuts I had elected to substitute (I normally reduce black walnut subs to half of what is called for in recipes because of the intensity of their flavor). Heather had said these were peppery so I was expecting 'hot', but they weren't at all. They were just very strong and delightfully seasoned. The flavor of the 5-Spice was so intense that the black walnuts only gave a hint of their existence in the cookies. My DDs have always claimed they absolutely DO NOT like black walnuts, but they sure do now and they don't even know it yet. I had made several different kinds of cookies and these the favorites of almost everyone in the house. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe Heather!!!"
"LOVED these cookies!! I used old-fashioned rolled oats and whole wheat pastry flour for the all-purpose flour. I also used about a half cup less sugar and they were perfectly sweet! I just threw my almonds in my coffee grinder, as it was quicker and simpler than pulling out the food processor. I think I prefer the tiny pieces of nuts distributed throughout the cookie instead of bigger chunks."
"These are sooo good. I have made them twice now. The second time I was out of almonds and used walnuts instead...still just as good! Thank you for sharing a really great recipe!"
"great cookies! I can't even explain how wonderful the flavor is. I followed the recipe exactly, except I used Old Fashioned Oats instead of quick cooking. Turned out fabulous."
"Very happy so many of you have enjoyed these cookies - they are a personal favorite of mine. Reviewer Cindy Lynn is correct - while the amount of nuts is indeed critical to the recipe (they can't be reduced or omitted without affecting the outcome), you may certainly substitute any type of coarsely ground tree nut(hazelnut,walnut,etc) that you have available or that you prefer if the almonds are not available."
"I'm obsessed with these cookies! They are wonderful! I made them for my Christmas cookie tray. They were the first to go."
"I used whole wheat flour and ground the almonds in a coffee grinder. Added 1 C raisins and baked for 13 minutes. Folks were arm wrestling for the last 2 cookies"
"Just had to add another 5 star review to this. Made as directed (except I skip the part in cookie recipes where you mix the dry ingredients separate), and the flavor was fabulous. The almonds are what set these apart from other oatmeal cookies for me and the 5 spice powder adds some depth to the traditional cinnamon. Thanks!"
"Oh my do I have a new favorite cookie! Had this 5 Spice hanging around for a while and didn't know what to make with it. Pretty sure that I will be using it often for these cookies. I used parchment paper and let them cool for a minute before taking them off of the cookie sheet so they didn't crumble. I would recommend baking for the least possible time so they are tender the next day. Thank you for a great recipe for my 5 Spice."
"This is a very yummy cookie! I wanted to make a spice cookie for the holidays and went with this one, since I too have a bottle of Chinese Five Spice powder that I bought but have yet to use. I used old-fashioned rolled oats instead of quick-cooking and they turned out fantastic. I also wound up having to substitute molasses+granulated sugar for the brown sugar, because I didn't realize I was out before starting. These still came out fabulous though! I also added about a cup and a half of raisins, since I wanted to go for an oatmeal raisin cookie with serious spice kick. My house wound up smelling delicious... mmmm. Sent them in to work with my husband for his co-workers, so I will update with the results of their taste-test. For what it's worth, I will never make any oatmeal cookie recipe but this one again!!!"
"This will be one of my tried and true recipes.I have had it flagged for trying for quite some time now. I always have Chinese Five Spice in my spice cupboard, but how often does it get used in Chinese food???? The flavor is awesome, and I would never have thought to use Chinese Five Spice in cookies. I followed the recipe to a T, and after seeing the results, and the( TASTE TEST), I will be trying chocolate chips in some, and maybe raisins as well, in the future. I love the oatmeal as an ingredient, as it is a factor in cholestral lowering. Cinnamon also, has cholestral lowering benefits. Many thanks for posting such an awesome recipe!! Cat^..^atude."
"I used parchment paper so did not have a problem with the cookies sticking. "
"I've had these on my "to try" list forever, and I wish I had made them sooner. I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 margarine, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. They are soft and chewy (just how I like them) with a little kick. I used Dynasty's 5 Spice powder - they almost have a bit of heat. Very yummy - thanks so much! EDIT: I forgot to mention that I lined my baking sheets with parchment paper (ungreased) and the cookies slid right off. "
"These were delicious, the taste was similar to Dad's cookies (if you have ever tried them) but much chewier. I used the PC chinese 5 spice grinder and the flavour combo was wonderful. The first batch I made stuck to my pan quite a bit, so for the second batch I made sure to grease the pan a little heavier, and they came out just great. Thanks for a great addition to my Christmas tray!"
"The flavor of these cookies had DH oohing and aahing. However, I got so frustrated trying to get these off the pan in one piece. No matter what I tried they were too crisp or crumbly. I really do like the flavor of the almonds and five spice, they compliment each other nicely. "
"These are greattt!!! They smell so good and the texture is really nice...This is my second batch :^) Thank you for sharing!!!!!"
"These are very easy to make and so delicious! It was my first time using the Chinese 5 spice powder my mother gave me, and will not be the last! I liked these so much better than the regular oatmeal cookies and have added them to the permanent cookie list in my cookbook. Thanks for a yummy cookie recipe!"
"Finally got these made correctly... turns out you do have use regular butter :-) They are great!!"