One of my longtime favorite cookies to make have been oatmeal and chocolate chip ones, because I tell myself they're healthy (with oatmeal), despite there being chocolate in them, and you know being cookies and all.
Lame, I know, but I do whatever I can to justify my sweet tooth.
I actually found a recipe variation with Craisins while I was clipping coupons a few weeks ago. Just picture me knitting a sweater with a dozen cats now. Haha.
Anyway, Exhibit A:
So now, not only do I have oatmeal to justify these as a "healthy" snack, but there's FRUIT too. Am I right? Haha. Anyway, these were really tasty and pretty easy to make. They'd be perfect for any holiday function, or any occasion, for that matter.
Also, just to prove that despite all of the unintentional product placement in this post, I used Aldi brand dried cranberries in the recipe. :)
Oatmeal, Craisin, and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe via Craisins
• 2/3 cup butter, softened
• 2/3 cup brown sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
• 1 1/2 cups flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 five-ounce package of dried cranberries, aka Craisins
• 2/3 cup white or semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in dried cranberries and chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. (I always used parchment paper when baking; it's a savior!) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
PS Also, just in case you want in on the fun, it's not too late to contribute. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for all of the details. Recipe deadline is Monday, Dec. 15.