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Mar 31 2010

Cranberry-Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Published by at 11:54 am under Cooking at Home,Desserts

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

26 responses so far

26 Responses to “Cranberry-Walnut Oatmeal Cookies”

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  2. juliaon 31 Mar 2010 at 12:27 pm

    These look delicious! The thickness, texture and color look perfect! I must try making these soon.

  3. Chris and Amyon 31 Mar 2010 at 12:41 pm

    We actually like oatmeal, but have never made oatmeal cookies with instant before. Thanks for the recipe! Love the idea of adding nuts and berries!

  4. MaryMohon 31 Mar 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I love this type of cookies….crunchy with the natural sweetness from the cranberries.

  5. thefoodaddictson 31 Mar 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Julia – thank you.. I wasn’t sure if mine turned out that great, but I guess you sure think so! Hope you get a chance to try it. It’s a pretty decent recipe.

    Chris & Amy – If you like oatmeal, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the oatmeal cookies. They are only 117 calories per cookie! Not too bad!

    MaryMoh – Yeah, if it weren’t for the berries or walnuts, it will be SO plain and boring!

  6. Jacindaon 31 Mar 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I don’t feel guilty about eating anything. Because food doesn’t have morality and I don’t allow other people’s concepts of what is ‘good’ for me affect my life. I hereby issue you a license to eat tasty food, which is good in perpetuity. Now you can stop basing your self-worth on what you eat.

    You’re welcome.

  7. forex roboton 31 Mar 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

  8. Cookin' Canuckon 31 Mar 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Oats always turn into oatmeal cookies in our house, too. I like the texture of the cranberries and walnuts in this version.

  9. The Duo Disheson 31 Mar 2010 at 7:53 pm

    *raising the glass* Yes, oatmeal cookies are quite versatile. It’s never a bad time for one.

  10. Sook @ My Fabulous Recipeson 31 Mar 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Wow, these cookies look so chewy and delicious!

  11. Carolyn Jungon 31 Mar 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I actually like oatmeal for breakfast, especially on cold winter mornings. Throw in some toasted nuts, a little brown sugar and some dried fruit, and you’re good to go. But I do know what you mean. An oatmeal cookie is definitely more tempting.

  12. thefoodaddictson 31 Mar 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Jacinda – Thank you for the license to eat tasty food! Everything in moderation.

    Cookin’ Canuck – It’s good that oats are useful for other things, too.

    The Duo Dishes – Nope, never a bad time… I still have leftovers so it’s nice to grab it when I feel like a cookie.

    Sook – Yes, they’re not too shabby at all!

    Carolyn – No matter how many times I’ve tried to eat oatmeal (with additional ingredients), I still can’t do it on a daily basis. I prefer cereal.

  13. noobcookon 31 Mar 2010 at 9:11 pm

    love these type of chewy and wholesome cookies. very healthy!

  14. Kenzie (Healthy Purpose)on 31 Mar 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Ah cookies–my biggest weakness. They look delish!

  15. divaon 01 Apr 2010 at 12:00 am

    This looks so yum and perfect for tea! And wow, good calorie counting. I haven’t done that for a while now. :D P/s. I made oatmeal cherry + walnut cookies. Is this baking telepathy?

  16. graceon 01 Apr 2010 at 1:36 am

    i’m with ya on the hot-oatmeal-hate. it’s so goopy and thick like…mucus. ick. i’ve heard that steel cut oats retain a little chewiness, so maybe that’s worth a try!
    moving on to brighter things, these cookies look awesome. i don’t mind a little crunch–it i wanted something moist, i’d make a cake. :)

  17. tigerfishon 01 Apr 2010 at 1:51 am

    I love oatmeal for breakfast and I hear that someone does not like oatmeal cookies? I will have his share :p

  18. rebeccasubbiahon 01 Apr 2010 at 5:29 am

    oh yummy love cookies like this

  19. anncooon 01 Apr 2010 at 7:02 am

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  20. Sandie {Inn Cuisine}on 01 Apr 2010 at 7:44 am

    I just love dried cranberries in cookies and biscotti (oatmeal too). So yummy!

  21. sippitysupon 01 Apr 2010 at 2:00 pm

    These cookies look terrific… GREG

  22. Lirenon 01 Apr 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Mmm, this is my favorite kind of oatmeal cookie! I much prefer cranberries to raisins. Sadly, I omit any nuts in mine, only because it’s not my husband’s favorite, but I like to make my own secret batch when I can. The photographs came out beautifully.

  23. Adrian @ Food Rehabon 01 Apr 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Yes, you got me here- I’m gonna try this with choc chips! hehe They look great…so good when dunked in milk.

  24. Alisaon 02 Apr 2010 at 2:09 pm

    These cookies look awesome! I think I may have to make them for my husband.

    Thank you so much for the gift package from the giveaway. I LOVE it! I am a “sampler” freak :)

    I was going to comment on the new one, but thought I better wait before entering another contest, I don’t want to get greedy!

    I will post up pics of the loot and link to you soon. Thanks!

  25. Chef Eon 04 Apr 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Man these cookies are making me drool! I made some with cherries that were similar in looks, and they were gone while hubby found them warm!

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