Cranberry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


I really don’t know what I want to write about today.
I could talk about my current rotation at school, breakfast and butchery.
Which involves 6 AM start times…
And fileting fish…
And butchering what felt like 100 chickens over the course of an hour or so.
I’m really not selling this very well am I? It’s actually really fun (well besides the fact that my hands still smell like salmon…that doesn’t make washing one’s face very enjoyable).
Or I could talk about grocery shopping.
Have I ever mentioned that I love it? Crazy, I know. I could wander around Superstore for hours.
Today I bought apples and pears and yogurt and almonds and Craisins and flour and sugar (both white and brown) and chocolate chips and Lindt chocolate and frozen raspberries and oats.
I also bought ORGANIC applesauce and canned beans. Actually the pears were organic too now that I think about it.
I think that’s all. Nope, I bought a birthday card for my grandmother too. I finally found one after going to 3 different stores, all of which had basically nothing. I just wanted a simple but heart-felt card, not an entire novel. Blah blah blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against cards. As long as they aren’t tacky and sappy and over-the-top. No glitter either. However I do enjoy ones that sing, or scream, or make other loud noises. Those are quite amusing.
I could talk about how people probably stared at me as I lugged my groceries all the way from where I parked my car, across the street and into residence. And then came back for the 10kg bag of flour. But really, if I were them, I would be laughing too at the struggles of such a pathetic, weak, little white girl (a.k.a. moi).
Most importantly though, I should probably talk about these.
Cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies
Cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies.
Which just so happen to be healthy.
They only have 2 tablespoons of butter. Combined with that fancy organic applesauce.
Who’s laughing now?
Recipe adapted from David Lebovitz who adapted his version from Nick Malgieri.

– 1 cup flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
– 1 large egg
– 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (organic!!!)
– 1 1/3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
– 1/3 cup each cherry Craisins and chocolate chips

Cream together the butter and white sugar.
Add the brown sugar, apple sauce and egg.
Cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies
Add everything else (the quantity of the chocolate chips may have been slightly over 1/3 cup…).
Cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies
The dough was also quite delicious as is.
Cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies
I know, the baking sheet looks kind of messy, especially for the first batch. I just couldn’t decide what size to make them!
Cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies
This angle is more appealing I think.
And this does not include the bowl or the cookie sheet. This is when I miss having a dishwasher.
Just a little tidbit for you, bread really does help to keep your brown sugar soft. It can even save it if it gets dry and crusty. You may think the sugar is past the point of no return, but add that slice of bread. It’s a Christmas miracle! 38 more days for those of you who are counting. Did I mention that I purchased a Lindt advent calendar? At the dollar store of all places! Now I just have to restrain myself from starting it before December 1st!
Cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies
Cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies
Oh, did I forget the baking instructions? Oops. By the way, they take 10-12 minutes in a 375 F oven (the time depends on your oven and the size of cookies you make). Mine were 10 minutes on the dot.
Cranberry chocolate oatmeal cookies
That is one good looking cookie, if I do say so myself.

3 thoughts on “Cranberry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

  • November 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I absolutely love oatmeal cookies with cranberries and chocolate. They are my husband’s favorite oatmeal combination. YUM!

  • November 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Even dried cherries or blueberries are delicious. Really, whatever floats your boat 🙂


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