I decided to take a spin on altering my favorite kind of cookie (oatmeal raisin) with a version that turns up the excitement volume a little bit.. Add some spice, some dried cranberries, and some love. Warning: these cookies are not for the faint of heart… or anyone who hates cloves.
You will need:
- Coated cookie sheet
- Butter flavored baking spray
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/2 C shortening
- 1/2 C white sugar
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla OR pumpkin extract.
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cloves (ground)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 & 1/2 C all-purpose flower
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 C raw oats
- 1 C dried cranberries
- 1/2 C dark chocolate chips (optional)
Lay out your butter to soften. If using a mixer, ten minutes will do. If mixing by hand, let the butter sit out up to 30 minutes to save your hands some work.
PreHeat oven to 350 F
Mix butter, both sugars, eggs, shortening, and extract until smooth.
Mix all other dry ingredients in a separate bowl (minus your cranberries, oats, and chocolate if you’re adding it). Do NOT go overboard on the cloves.. you will be sorry.
Mix in oats (This is REALLY where a mixer comes in handy, just use the LOW setting so you don’t send them airborne all over your kitchen for the dog to snatch off of the floor)
Fold in (always by hand) the cranberries (and optional chocolate)
Use cooking spray on your cookie sheet (butter flavored is always the best, hides that funky aerosol spray taste nicely) Use a small spoon to lay out on a cookie sheet.
Bake 9-12 minutes. My oven took 11. Do NOT overcook these badboys, oats are terrible if overcooked. The tricky part about determining of oatmeal cookies are done is more of an art than an exact number. You may have to start on the low end of the cook time at first.. the fork trick won’t work unless they’re overdone. It just takes some eyeballing.. maybe even some setting up and testing. Don’t hesitate to throw them back in if they’re a little too underdone. My secret is to watch the very edges.. if the edges look firm and the cookie is nice and golden.. its worth giving it a shot.