Baking, Cookies, Cakes & Pies

Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

This post is for the cookie lovers in the world. Do you have a ‘cookie monster’ in your family? Growing up, I did. It was my fun loving, always smiling Aunt Linda. She had an INCREDIBLE cookie radar…and would seek out anything from Hermits, Chocolate Chip, or Oatmeal cookies and everything in between. I often think of her (along with my 2 great aunts – Betty and Ginny – both amazing cookie makers!) when I am setting out to make cookies.

Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

  (PS – thanks Mom for drying my wedding bouquet!)

I arrived back home after many days away at my new job. I wanted to be in my kitchen, in my familiar surroundings with my familiar tools, yet, I was weary from the week behind me. The thought of smelling cinnamon and oats being baked into cookies was tempting on the grey, overcast day. Our house was quiet (ahhhh) and I was being pulled closer toward the heart of the home.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Dough

The original recipe was inspired from Deb at Smitten Kitchen. A simple oatmeal cookie recipe which promised to be thick and chewy. I swapped out a few things – dried cranberries for the raisins, added in a handful of dark chocolate chips for the health benefits and got to work.

I liked the fact that this recipe did two things for me: 1) yielded a small, thick and chewy cookie, as promised and 2) did not make an absolute TON of cookies.

Softened butter and some brown sugar were combined in the mixer until light and fluffy. An egg was added to the mix along with some vanilla extract. I was a little concerned because my egg was a little too chilly and the batter wasn’t super smooth. I carried on adding in my pre-whisked flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Deb called for cinnamon but I also added in a few cracks of fresh nutmeg for good measure.

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I also added in the mix-ins of the day: dried cranberries, chopped chocolate chips and oats. After a few small taste tests, I deemed this dough a flavor explosion of a success and popped it into the fridge to chill. The cookies are baked at 350* for 10 – 12 minutes.

This cookie was hearty (thank you oats) sweet and tart (thank you cranberries and chocolate) and simply the most perfect cookie to welcome in the cool, crisp air of fall. Hey, I hope you have a great Friday friends and thank you bunches for reading!!

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