Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I ♥ My Cookie Jar

Having a cookie jar in my first house was an absolute must. I love everything that it represents - a home for delicious munchies, a clear indication that its owner is a sweets fan, the quick journey back to childhood that you're taken on upon reaching into the jar. A cookie jar is at its best when it's full, and today my baby got filled with my favorite healthy chocolate chip cookies, courtesy of EatingWell, which I first made last spring. As far as cookies go, these are fairly guilt free while remaining delicious, the perfect marriage for a dessert lover like me.

(Makes approximately 20-25 cookies)

3/4 cup oats
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup canola oil (I do 50/50 oil and applesauce)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray
Mix together oats, flour, baking, and soda
Beat butter in a large bowl until fluffy
Add oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla
Beat until smooth and creamy
Add the dry ingredients, mix until just combined
Stir in chocolate chips and cranberries
Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls, at least 1 inch apart, onto the prepared baking sheets
Bake until firm around the edges and golden on top, about 15 minutes
Cool the cookies for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely


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