Date Fig and Oatmeal Cookies with Oriental Spices
This is a Christmas cookie for me. Oriental spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanilla and nutmeg are a part of the festive time of the year.
I use them in other recipes during the whole year, but they warm and make me feel comfortable in fall and winter.
Baking the usual German Christmas Cookies isn´t a thing for me, you can get them everywhere at friends houses, at the office, in the bakery and at the Christmas Markets in town. Preparing something more unique lifts the season for me.
125 g Butter
250 g Oats
100 g sugar
2 Tbsp Vanilla sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
200 g Dates pitted
50 g dried figs
2 Tbsp Rum
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)
Preheat the oven 175 C
prepare the oats:
melt the butter in a pot and add the oats. Coat them in the butter and let them cool down.
cut the dates and the figs into small pieces and mix them with the rum and let them rest a while
make the dough:
mix everything together and stir well. Use a baking paper and a tablespoon and place the mixture on the paper. You will need two baking sheets, because you get about 45 cookies out of the dough.
Bake for 17 to 20 minutes. Let them cool down and place them in a tin.