Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Forget comfort food, comfort cookies are what you need to satisfy your cravings. For some reason, I always get a hankering for these cookies when the warm weather comes. There is something about the dried fruit mixing with bittersweet chocolate - followed by the subtle almond flavor that is just so delicious. It all comes together in a moist, slightly chewy, crunchy on the outside package. These are an easy-to-make, dirty-one-bowl, yields-the-perfect-amount cookie.

They also happen to be a favorite of my boyfriend's sister, and this happens to be her birthday week! I took the time to gift wrap some of these beauties just for her! A little cling wrap and black ribbon goes a long way.

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

1 C. Butter, softened
1 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Almond Extract
1 3/4 C. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
3 C. Oats
1 C. Dried Cranberries
1 C. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, mix butter, sugars, eggs and almond extract well. Add in flour and baking soda. Mix well.

Mix in oats, then chocolate chips, then dried cranberries.

Using a teaspoon, scoop dough on to a greased cookie sheet leaving about two inches between each cookie.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool slightly & then remove from cookie sheet.


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