Saturday, September 28, 2013

Crisp Cranberry and Carrot Oatmeal Cookies

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Arguably, there are few snacks more appealing than an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie. While I suspect your favorite recipe for them was selected years ago, I have one more version I'd like you to try. These crisp cookies use less shortening than most and they're so packed with good things that a snake oil salesman might actually be able to convince you that they're good for you. I wouldn't go that far, but if your sweet tooth demands a snack, you could do worse. How's that for a rave review? Seriously, the cookies are packed with oatmeal, carrots, cranberries and nuts and there is hint of orange buried in the dough that gives them a unique flavor. It's hard to make a homely cookie anything more than it is, so rather than try let's get right to the recipe for this not bad for you cookie. Here it is.

Crisp Cranberry and Carrot Oatmeal Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite


1/2 cup butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon fresh orange zest

1 tablespoon orange liqueur or concentrated orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup grated carrots

1 cup chopped toasted walnuts


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

2) Cream brown and white sugar with butter. Add orange zest, vanilla and orange liqueur to beaten eggs. Mix well and stir into creamed mixture.

3) In a separate large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to mix. Add oats, raisins, carrots and nuts. Add to butter and sugar mixture. Work with a wooden spoon to mix. The dough will be very stiff.

4) Using a tablespoon measure, drop dough onto prepared cookie sheets, spacing about 2-inches apart. Flatten top of cookies with a fork or damp fingers. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Let sit in pans for 5 minutes. Transfer to a rack to finish cooling. Yield: 36 cookies.

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