While baking these cookies, I thought, of all the cookie recipes I have this is the most requested. They are even good for you as they contain dried cranberries and oatmeal. Never have decided if it is the cinnamon or the honey in them that is so good. They are a chewy cookie however, not a soft cookie. The recipe is from a Fine Cooking booklet of their favorite cookie recipes over the years.
As you can see my cookie sheets have had a lot of use. A cookie scoop makes fast work of filling cooky trays and saves sticky hands.
Chewy Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Yields about forty-four 3-inch cookies.
11/2 cups) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
8 ounces (1 cup) unsalted butter, slightly softened not too soft (about 20 minutes)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
6 ounces (11/3 cups) dried cranberries
5 ounces (about 1 cup) chopped walnuts (I use Pecans)
Heat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease your cookie sheets or cover them with parchment.
In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir in the oats.
With an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then scrape down the sides of the bowl; add the honey and vanilla and beat until blended. Add the flour mixture in two additions, beating until well combined. Stir in the cranberries and walnuts.
Drop the dough by the heaping tablespoonful about 2 inches apart onto the cookie sheets. Bake until the centers of the cookies are soft and no longer look wet, 9 to 11 minutes. Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Myrna and I enjoy baking, cooking, canning and sharing these hobbies with each other and with family and friends....I trained and worked as a registered dietitian early in my career.
I like to bake and only have 3 senior citizens at home, so I have a large group of friends who are always willing to be Guinea pigs. Every baker need someone to eat the desserts so you can try new things.
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