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Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

If fall had a smell, it would be these cookies

The weather turning colder, particularly the nights, really put me in the mood to make a batch of oatmeal cookies. The smell of them always fills the house, and baking helps to make it just slightly bit warmer at night. I threw in some dried cranberries because they were laying around the pantry, and they seemed to embrace the fall spirit better than raisins, at least in my opinion.

Here’s the recipe I concocted (after one batch that turned out too dry!):

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 (or more) tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 -2 tbsp (Depending on consistency) soy milk or water
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)

First, preheat your oven to 350. Then mix your dry ingredients together thoroughly, and then your wet ingredients. Combine those and mix well, and then gently fold in the cranberries (if you want the cranberries to plump up a little before, soak them in a cup of warm water for about 5 minutes). Roll into inch size balls and place on your silpat (which I love!) or nonstick cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges just barely start to turn golden brown.

This will make about a dozen or so cookies, depending on how large you make them. These cookies turn out incredibly plump and soft, which is exactly how I like them. They could be the tiniest bit more chewy, but that is easily remedied. My sister tried them and like them as well, which I consider a success. The are just the right amount of sweet, and the cranberries add a nice burst of flavor to the cookie. In reality, they aren’t too bad for you either. I tried to cut down on the sugar and oil, and obviously there is no butter in here either. I would make these again in a second, and I considered it, only to find out I was out of cranberries…