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  • Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookies

    filed under: Cookies on December 1, 2009

    This is one of my most favorite cookies I have ever made.  Its got amazing depth of flavor… sweet and spicy, soft and chewy.  The perfect cookie!

    With great pleasure, I am so excited to present to you my Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookie!

    Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookie~ Seriously AMAZING!

    I entered these cookies in a Baking Competition (a big one… over 500 participants!) and they won FIRST PLACE. They really are THAT good!

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    Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookie~ Seriously AMAZING!

    These cookies bake up large, so you would expect a big heavy flavor. But surprisingly, they are light and refreshing! A perfect compliment to egg nog or Christmas Tea or milk!

    Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookie

        Ingredients

        • 1 1/2 c flour
        • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips*
        • 1 1/2 c dried cranberries
        • 1 1/2 c whole oats*
        • 3/4 c white sugar*
        • 3/4 c brown sugar
        • 3/4 c shortening
        • 1 tsp. vanilla
        • 2 eggs
        • 1/2 tsp. allspice
        • 2 tsp. cinnamon
        • 1 tsp. salt
        • 1 tsp. baking powder
        • 1 tsp. baking soda
        • *I used ultra fine bakers sugar, organic whole grain oats, and a high quality cocoa chocolate.

        Instructions

        1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
        2. In medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and all spice. In separate large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine well.
        3. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
        4. Then add oats, cranberries, and chocolate if you so desire.
        5. Use 1/4 cup and scoop onto cookie sheet, you should get about 6 per sheet.
        6. Bake for at least 8 minutes, but most likely will bake for 12.
        7. If you chose to not add the chocolate chips directly to the dough, you can melt chips in the microwave and drizzle or dip the cookies after they have cooled.
        8. This would also be excellent with white chocolate!

        Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookie~ Seriously AMAZING!

        Tips for success:

        I use shortening in these cookies which I often call my “secret ingredient”. It really does something beautiful to these cookies in terms of texture. You can definitely use butter instead, but the texture will change.

        You can use 2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie spice in place of the allspice and cinnamon. You can also substitute quick oats in this cookie, something I do often if I only have quick oats on hand.

         

        Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookie~ Seriously AMAZING!

        These cookies would also fair with paired with white chocolate.

        I am a huge white chocolate fan so I pretty much say that about every cookie I make.

        You can make this cookie three ways:

        1. Put the semi-sweet chocolate chips right into the batter.

        2. Dip the cookies in melted semi-sweet chocolate chips.

        3. Drizzle the cookies with melted semi-sweet chocolate chips.

        After eating all three submitting the various cookies for testing, I decided that I liked the drizzle cookies the best. It was ‘just right’ in terms of consistency.

        I hope you will try them because I know you will love them!

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        Comments

        So glad I found this recipe today! Going to make these to take to an annual cookie exchange next week. How many cookies did this recipe make? Can’t wait to try them!

        So glad I found this recipe today! Going to make these to take to an annual cookie exchange next week. How many cookies did this recipe make? Can’t wait to try them!

        love anything dipped in chocolate!!!

        Ummm…I would like to place an order for a batch of drizzled please {drool}

        Hi, Amanda. I met your blog through another Spanish blogger who adviced me your blog well worths a visit, and she was right. I got puzzles as soon as I saw these cookies which I promise to make, sooner or later. I will continue gossiping around!
        Thanks for sharing.
        Hugs from Spain, in the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
        Yolanda

        I just made these cookies and I need to say OM goodness these are amazing!!! Absolutely incredible. I did change the reciepe just a tad. I used 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips and 3/4 cups of white chips in the cookies and they are perfect. I am now going to make another batch and maybe add some walnuts for a friends house warmming. Thank You they are perfect!! <3

        Wow …! so delicious and yummy I just print out this recipe and made for me..thanks dear..:)

        I am finally trying one of your recipes for the first time!! I am always in LOVE with the cakes and cookies you make, they are TOO cute and so perfect. I’m making these cookies for my boyfriend as a coming-home-from-college gift. I’ll DEFINITELY repost on here how they turn out…I can’t wait!

        I’ve got these in the oven to tempt the kids into behaving with great-grandma while mommy and daddy go to a concert…I hope they taste as good as they smell in the oven!

        I need these in my life, right now. 😀 It’s blazing hot outside, heating up the house like no one’s business, but IM MAKIN COOKIES! lol Thanks for sharing ^_^

        Hey there! These look amazing! I don’t have any dried cranberries, but I do have a freezer full of frozen fresh ones. If I were to chop some up do you think that would work in this recipe instead of the dried?

        Made these tonight for a holiday party and they were easy to make and delicious. Sure to be a hit at my party.

          Fantastic!!! I am so glad. These cookies are an old post of mine, but SO good. One I always come back to! 🙂

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