I know, I know; one heck of a title. You guys know I am not much on titles that are a bigger mouthful than the food, but sometimes it can’t be helped. I mean, I could have named these “Chewy, Crispy Oatmeal Cookies With Cranberries, Chocolate Chips And Toasted Pecans”. Now THERE’SÂ a mouthful.
Sometimes, when I get into the kitchen, I like to pretend I’m cooking healthy. Throw some oats in a cookie dough, add some toasted nuts and some cranberries and I suddenly feel like I’m running a health food blog. I, of course, totally ignore that said cranberries are sugar sweetened, that I also have chocolate chips in them and that there is 2 sticks of butter in with the oatmeal. Yep… health food! No counting calories needed here. *coughcough*
I am running really behind today cause that stoopid Migraine is still hanging around making me fairly miserable and making me not want to do much of anything, so I’m not going to ramble
much today, but just to get the goodies.
As cookies go, these ARE actually not too bad for you. Yes, they have butter and chocolate, but they do have those nuts and even sweetened, you get some vitamins and fiber from the dried cranberries. Plus, compared to a lot of oatmeal cookie recipes, these aren’t very sweet. If you like a sweeter cookie, feel free to add about 1/3 cup more of sugar. Personally, I rather enjoy their crispy edges and chewy center just like this…. just sweet enjoy to feel like an indulgence.
You know the drill…
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Crispy Chewy Fully Loaded Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 1/2 cups oats (not instant)
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons honey (this is what helps you get that chewiness)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups dried sweetened cranberries
- 1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted
- 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two cookie sheets with cooking spray or line with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- In a large bowl, at medium speed on a hand mixer, beat together the butter and two types of sugar until creamy and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs and beat well, scraping bowl as needed. Add in the vanilla extract and honey and beat well.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ones and use a wooden spoon to mix until well combined. Dump in the cranberries, nuts and chocolate chips and mix well.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop out golf ball sized rounds of dough. Place about two inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets. You can leave them as balls and they will be a bit more chewy or you can flatten them out a bit once they are on the sheets and end up with cookies that are somewhat crisper; your choice.
- Bake until they are set but still feel the tiniest bit moist in the center to get chewy cookies, about 18 minutes or until totally set, about 21 minutes to get crisper cookies.
- Transfer to a rack to cool.
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