Sunday, December 4, 2011

Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Cookies

We have a favorite cookie in this house. They are Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies. Well, the boys (Mr. LH and The Boy) like chocolate chip cookies better, but these never seem to stick around very long, either.

For the last year, we have been getting them at our nearby King Soopers grocery store (Kroger store brand) and they are SO GOOD! But I hated buying a store cookie dough. I hated the price, too (though it was still cheaper than others since it was a generic brand). I started looking for a good recipe to make instead. Funny, I could have tried my original Oatmeal Raisin cookie recipe with substitutions, but never did. Our latest attempt was the cream cheese cake mix cookies (though they didn't have any oatmeal in them). They were fine, but not good enough to make me stop buying the store brand.

Last week, while making the pie crusts for Thanksgiving, I opened a new package of Crisco sticks and found on the back of the label a recipe I had not noticed before - Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies! Well, I had to try it because their Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are my family's favorite chocolate chip cookies (we add 1 cup of walnuts or pecans to it). I put the recipe aside to make once all the Thanksgiving desserts were gone.

I had to wait longer than planned and use up some marshmallows and Rice Krispies (Rice Krispies Treats, anyone?) to make room in the pantry for other things, but yesterday as the snow fell outside, I got in the mood for cookies and headed straight to the kitchen to make these as soon as I woke up.

The dough seemed dryer than most - maybe because of the addition of almost 3 cups of oatmeal, and a cup each of cranberries and walnuts. but they seemed to stay together just fine on the cookie sheet.

I used my cookie scoop (as I always do for drop cookies) to keep the cookie sizes somewhat uniform.

Bake and enjoy! The smell brought the "Pickles" upstairs to see what was cooking and they tried them almost straight out of the oven (as soon as the cookies hit the cooling rack). These cookies are awesome as-is but I think I'll cut back a smidgen on the sugar next time and/or add more cranberries (I love the cranberry taste!). They are just like I like them - crisp on the outside with a soft, chewy center. But the best thing is, I can make 42 cookies at once anytime I want to instead of having to go out and buy several of the cookie dough packages (which only make 12 cookies each).

Note: The recipe says it will make 3 dozen cookies. Using my cookie scoop (which is a "heaping tablespoon" worth), I wound up with exactly 3 1/2 dozen cookies. To get the recipe, go to

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