Cranberry Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

by Shawnda on May 25, 2007

in Cookies and Bars

“Poor Jack,” I thought as I was polishing off cookie #4 (aka, Dinner) while I sat on the couch. “He sho’ looks like he could use a cookie!”

Cranberry Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

But Jack can go get his own cookies when he gets off the island in three years – and after watching Lost tonight, it is apparent that he does, but:
– Who was in the casket?
– Wasn’t that blonde chick on 90210?
– Why won’t that Russian die already?!
– Why can’t Kate follow directions – just once?
– Did I seriously just eat the last cookie?

All very important questions but I can only answer one: Damn, I did just eat the last cookie.

There are no rules that state you can only eat pumpkin ravioli in October, strawberry shortcake in July, or turkey in November. The same can be said for cranberry cookies – they ain’t just for December!

One of the best Cranberry Oatmeal Walnut cookies that I’ve ever tasted came from a store-brand break-and-bake package. I do not lie. Another super good cookie comes from the inside wrapper of a Crisco can. I don’t have the Crisco hate – I was raised on the stuff and I’m perfectly normal. Well, normal maybe with the exception of my uber-obsession of all things kitchen-related. And the NFL Network. And Halo 2. And my short attention span when presented with bright shiny objects. It’s normal – just take my word for it.

I love the Crisco recipe – the cookies get cooked on the outer edges, get puffy in the middle, and then deflate a bit as they cool creating a chewy, chewy, chewy center that stays that way for… Hmmm. So, I don’t actually know how long the cookies stay chewy but I can vouch for two days – they don’t really last much longer than that around here.

Cranberry Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

Chewy and moist oatmeal cookies studded with cranberries and walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup stick Butter Flavor Crisco
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cup walnut pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Combine shortening and sugars in large bowl and mix on medium until well combined. Add eggs one at a time and add vanilla. Add dry ingredients in two batches, beating on low speed until mixed well. Manually stir in oats, cranberries, and walnuts. Put dough in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to chill.
  3. Form dough into balls (about 2 Tbsp) and place 2-3 inches apart on a baking mat or greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes until edges are golden brown and the centers still appear soft. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes and transfer to a rack to completely cool. Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container.

Notes

Yields: 24 cookies

Adapted from Crisco

Estimated time: 45 minutes

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jerry May 25, 2007 at 7:12 am

Crisco rawks girl! There are some recipes that are simply bettah with shortening or lard.

Lemme see, I’ve got a Crisco fan club pin around here someplace…

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2 Kristen May 25, 2007 at 7:47 am

Ohhhh….cream filled cookies. Delicious!

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3 Katerina May 25, 2007 at 10:32 am

lol. Great post, I always seem to over-eat on Lost night too – it is a great excuse to really cram down and eat in front of the TV. This week it was too much wine, bread and cheese.

More questions for your list: Why isn’t Kate in prison in the future? Why was the casket small, does that mean it was a child? Seriously, why won’t the Russian die? Was Ben right, was contacting Naomi’s “people” a bad idea? And Walt? Like what the..?

Good looking cookies, I haven’t ever put dried cranberries in my cookies but it seems like a great alternative to raisins, think of all those antioxidants!

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4 Deborah May 25, 2007 at 11:40 am

Yummmmmmmmm!!!

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5 Kitty May 25, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Shawnda!

Write spoiler alert in the title!!!!!

Lol, it’s my own fault for waiting to long to watch it on the DVR…..

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6 Holler May 26, 2007 at 8:01 am

Cookies layered with cream, I have never thought of that! It looks heavenly! My waistline is cursing you!

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7 Katiez May 27, 2007 at 2:58 am

My mother, an excelletn baker (unlike yours truly) would not bake a pie if she didn’t have Crisco. Like you, I ate lots of pie (I assume you ate lots of pie…) and have lived to tell the tale.

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