These easy-to-make healthy cookies are perfect for a sweet treat any time of day. Whether a big cookie full of bold taste, or a little bite of yummy heaven, these delicious desserts are sure to please!
Step 1: Ingredients
You will need:
1 and 1/2 cups sweetened dried cranberries (such as Craisins)
1 cup orange juice
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups flour
4 cups regular oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
.5 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 380 degrees
Step 2: Start Mixing!
First, combine the dried cranberries and orange juice in a small bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, add both sugars, butter. vanilla, and eggs in a large bowl and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy.
Step 3: Finish Up Batter
Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and oats to the sugar mixture. Beat well. Mixture will be dry and thick.
Next, stir in the cranberry mixture, craisins,orange juice, and all. Finally, add the chopped walnuts and give one last stir. Batter is done!
Step 4: Onto the Cookie Sheet
Spray the cookie sheet thouroughly with cooking spray (like PAM).
You can use a spoon to shape the cookies, but it is much easier to use your hands. So, with clean hands, take a small piece of dough, ball it up, and place it on the cookie sheet. Place the cookies more than an inch away from each other.
Step 5: To the Oven!
Your cookies are now ready to bake! Slide them into the preheated oven and set the timer for 8 minutes. Check on them a few times, and if they smell done, go ahead and take them out. A nose knows!
Once they are out of the oven, let them cool on a wire rack or on an open range for about 2 minutes.
Then, use a spatula to remove the cookies from the tray. Put them on a paper napkin, and later transfer them to a plate.
If more batter is left, the same cookie sheets can be used to bake the rest of the cookies.
Step 6: Variations
For an even healthier cookie, applesauce can be used in place of butter.
For an even better and more flavorful cookie, add various nuts and fruit. A squirt of lemon juice or a grated orange could add an extra zest to this fool-proof cookie.
Step 7: Cooking Light Complete Cookbook
This recipe, as well as many others, was found in The Cooking Light Complete Cookbook--A Fresh New Way to Cook