On a whim, I decided to make oatmeal cookies – not just any oatmeal cookies, Cranberry-Walnut ones. I’m one of those people who cannot stand eating oatmeal in the morning for breakfast. Something about the texture doesn’t make me so happy. So when Daniel bought an entire box of Quaker Instant Oatmeal (multi-flavored variety, mind you), I knew I had to help him get rid of it. I grabbed all of the original flavor packs and made a batch of oatmeal cookies – something I actually don’t mind eating! And with the addition of the dried fruit and nuts, it makes it even better! I seeked out a recipe online, at Recipezaar, and did a decent job on my own using the Kitchenaid mixer. Daniel can’t stand oatmeal cookies, yet he can eat oatmeal. Do you see a weird irony here?
Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl: 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon. Then stir in 2 1/2 cups of old fashioned oats.
In a mixer, beat 1 stick of softened butter with 1 cup packed light brown sugar and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Then add in 2 large eggs, 1 tbsp honey (which I didn't add because I didn't want it too sweet), and 2 tsp pure vanilla extract. Next, add the dry ingredients (flour) into the mixer and beat until well combined, as shown. Finally, stir in the chopped dried cranberries and walnuts (about 6 oz. each).
On a sheet pan, roll out the dough into 1 or 2 tbsp-sized balls. Just whatever size you want them, but keep it consistent and of course, baking time varies depending on the size.
I took the bottom of a cup and flattened each of the balls into discs, so they cook evenly into the shape of a cookie. Bake at 350-degrees until the centers of the cookies are soft and no longer looking wet - about 9-11 minutes.
These cookies are versatile in that you can add different kinds of dried fruit and nuts, or even chocolate chips for a sweeter cookie. They're not going to be the moistest cookies in the world, because afterall, there is oat in there! But at least you can eat them without feeling too guilty because you are getting some grains in your diet, haha. So, let's raise our glass of milk and dig in to these cute little Cranberry-Walnut Oatmeal Cookies!
To view or print-out the original recipe, click here: Chewy Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies