Thursday, February 24, 2011

Oatmeal, Dried Cranberry and Chocolate Cookies

The inaugural use of the oven was the muffins, then the lasagna, but we needed to get some cookies out of that bad boy. So, Graham and I (okay, mostly I) hunted through several oatmeal cookie recipes and it came down to this mash up based on a few things: I wanted a recipe using oatmeal and dried cranberries, there was only 1 cup of oats, I only had vegan butter and the chocolate chips in the cupboard were looking a little janky and I had no memory of purchasing them. Here is what developed:

4 Tbsp butter (vegan, in this case)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chocolate chips*
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp vanilla paste

Cream the sugars and butter together, then beat in the egg. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, cranberries and chocolate. Alternating with the milk, mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Stir in the vanilla. Drop tablespoon sized mounds onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake in a 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. (Mine were definitely closer to 15. Wonder what that says about the new oven?). Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove with a spatula and continue to cool. This made about 16 cookies.

*As for the chocolate, I had purchased a big block of it to make chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's Day, which didn't happen. Since the chips were weird, I figured I just cut some chunks out of the block. It didn't quite work out, and was more like chocolate shavings. I'm not sure that it really added or detracted from the recipe. But I'm sure that it almost broke my knife. I would love to know how to get chunks of chocolate out of that thing.

They did taste, um, a little healthy, not always a good thing in a cookie. Fortunately, they were still tasty, and actually were healthy, what with the whole oats and wheat flour and all. I'd be willing to bet if I put it through a nutrition analysis it might beat, or at least be on par with, those cereal bars I turn to in a pinch. I am sure it at least counts as a whole grain serving. Even though Graham didn't contribute much to the recipe search, he did throw in a helping hand to make, and eat, the cookies.


  1. Yum, cranberries and chocolate together would make some really tasty cookies. Great way to pep up the standard oatmeal cookie. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cookies up.

  2. These Sound Great! Loved that you used Whole Wheat Flour! (I cant have gluten- but if I could I would def. try these!)

    Wanted to invite you to share this recipe at a weekly Event I host titled Seasonal Sundays! (as this recipe fits the theme perfectly!)

    Happy Sunday!

  3. I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March--the theme is Cookies. These are perfect for the theme. Would you like to join in for the fun? All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!