Irresistible Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
It wasn’t long ago I discovered how wonderful dried cranberries are in my salad, but when I heard you can put these little fruit pieces into oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, I had to make some to see for myself to see if this could really be true. Now that I’ve actually made some, I can now tell you that not only is it true, they are really, really good! Here’s my recipe if you want to try this for yourself. This cranberry oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe will produce about four dozen large moist cookies your entire family can enjoy. You’ll also be adding the extra health advantages from the addition of the cranberry too – benefits such as cancer and age fighting antioxidants, heart healthy qualities, cholesterol lowering abilities, and Vitamin C. Many people feel the cranberry fruit can also help clear urinary tract infections too, so even moms can be happy health beneficiaries! When you have recipes for healthy cookies that are also eye pleasing and yummy to the tummy, how can a mom and dad go wrong! You might just want to make a batch of these for your home every week!
Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups regular or gluten free all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 cups traditional or GF old fashioned Quaker oats
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar, packed or 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- In a medium sized bowl, blend flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer, mix and beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
- Add the vanilla extract.
- Stir in the cranberries and chocolate chips.
- Drop by heaping Tablespoons onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Allow to cool on sheet until transferring to a plate.
Use gluten free flour and oatmeal for gluten free cookies. Also, coconut palm sugar is a 1:1 replacement for white sugar and is much lower on the GI index for those watching their carb intake.
Additionally, using the 3/4 cup of pure maple syrup (not the pancake kind but PURE maple syrup) is surprisingly a healthy option! Pure maple syrup has tones of health benefits and, just like coconut sugar, is at an acceptable level on the GI index of foods.
These cranberry oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are definitely worth trying, and when you see the kids munching away happily, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t made these healthy cookies before!