“Healthier” Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Of course like most people, I love cookies, but I also love anything that has oats in it. I love baking with oats, they are so cheap and you can use them in so many ways. But you can also turn this healthy staple into a not so healthy treat, so i’m taking these classic cookies and giving them a lighter spin. These cookies are very simple and you probably have all the ingredients you need right in your pantry! Even though these are “healthier” cookies, you won’t miss any flavor!

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Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees, in a medium mixing bowl cream together your butter and sugar using either a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Once creamed add in your egg and vanilla, mix.

Add in your cinnamon, baking soda and flour and mix until a dough forms. Gently mix in you oats and using a spatula fold your cranberries in by hand, at this point you could add any nuts if you wanted. Roll dough into 1- inch balls and place on a sprayed sheet pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they turn golden brown, I used a fork to flatten my cookies about halfway through. After baking place on a cooling rack, and enjoy!

 

Healthier Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Yields 16
Traditional oatmeal cookies, lightened up.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup butter softened
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  7. 1/4 tsp salt
  8. 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  9. 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  10. 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  11. 1/2 cup nuts, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer cream together sugar and butter.
  3. Add in egg and vanilla, mix until combined.
  4. Add in cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour, mix.
  5. Mix in the oats on low, gently fold in your cranberries by hand.
  6. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 3-inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, just until the edges are lightly golden.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes on the cookie sheet.
 

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