Thursday, January 21, 2010

dark chocolate and cranberry "somewhat" healthy oatmeal cookies



i was bored today, so i made cookies. great, just what i need, temptation. i am trying really hard to eat healthy in 2010. it is very difficult for me since not only do i live to eat, but i still want to indulge my family, especially my kids. i have a standard oatmeal raisin cookie recipe that i use, but wanted to switch it up a bit. i just simply swapped dried cranberries for the raisins and threw in a big handful of semi-sweet chips. these are delicious. how do i know? i caved. i two, but only two, with a cup of coffee this evening. they are chewy and sweet, perfect, just how i like my cookie. dang, this is going to be hard. a foodie friend of mine was being kind in suggestind that just maybe they could be passed off as "somewhat" healthy cookie with the dark chocolate(antioxidants), oatmeal(fiber) and the dried cranberries(fiber,as well), but what about the stick of butter and cup of sugar? nice try, but i don't think so. healthy or not, i am passing the recipe on to you. they are really yummy. enjoy.

beth's dark chocolate and cranberry "somewhat" healthy oatmeal cookies

preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit

in a large bowl mix the following:

cream one stick of room temp butter with 3/4 cups sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar, add one egg and a tsp. of real vanilla. to this add a 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1/4 tsp. of kosher salt. stir. now add one cup of all purpose flour and one and half cups of old fashioned oats. stir to combine. now stir in a half cup of dried cranberries and 6 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips. stir well and hard to combine. the mixture may seem dry, but it will come together. roll dough into about one inch balls and place three inches apart on a silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet. bake about 10-13 minutes. edges will be slightly brown. cool a few minutes on pan before transferring to serving platter or mouth.

10 comments:

Amanda said...

Gorgeous!! And this recipe is wonderful! And that blue plate is beautiful!

Gee, ya think I like it? :)

Blessings-
Amanda

April said...

I am going to make these this weekend! I'm going with them being healthy. :)

lisa said...

take a picture of a napkin so that when i drool over the cookie i can wipe my chin!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Those choc chips look massive! Nice cookies. I like'em chewy.

Pam said...

I love dark chocolate with cranberries. Your cookies look so delicious and filled with goodies.

noble pig said...

I just now the chocolate and the cranberry is good! Yum.

Cheryl said...

Well they certainly sound healthy to me!

Barbara Bakes said...

I have a similar "healthy" cookie recipe that also has toffee that we love. So I know I would love this cookie. I don't think I could just eat two!

Matteo said...

looks crunchy and delicious!!!!
cheers!!!

Joan said...

Made the cookies today and what a great combo of craisins and dark chocolate! Love them.