Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

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It’s a little hard for me to share the recipe for my signature cookies (for some reason I feel like every “lady” should have a signature something) but I really don’t like those snooty people who refuse to let others enjoy a really good dish. I mean really do you need to feel THAT special when you show up to a dinner party with your dish? Plus I want everyone to know that you can have very healthy alternatives to “bad” foods and still have it taste delicious. If you’re going to indulge as least have some health benefits instead of just simple sugars.

I altered the original recipe which was generally healthy to begin with. I try to cut as much of the sugar as possible. With all the flavors going on you don’t taste the wheat flour and the cranberries really add natural sweetness. You can use milk chocolate but try to get the health benefits from dark chocolate. It really makes a nice bitter contrast to the cranberries. I’m going to experiment on using agave, pure stevia or truvia in substitution for the sugar next time. Trust me that these are super yummy. People always are so skeptical when I tell them they are a healthy alternative and then they are begging me for the recipe. Remember though that even as a healthier alternative, eat in moderation. They yield a lot so I always give them away to friends and coworkers. It helps save you calories and makes you look sweet and generous.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup light brown sugar packed

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup apple sauce (brownie points if you blend your own out of fresh apples)

1/2 cup egg substitute or 2 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cup shifted whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3 cups old fashion rolled oats (up to a cup more if you like it drier and textured)

1 regular bag of dark chocolate (I like the big chips)

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries ( you can add more for a sweeter taste and use less sugar above)IMG_5194[1]

Mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, apple sauce and vanilla. Set aside. In separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats. Add 1/3 at a time to wet ingredients. Fold in cranberries.

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Take golf ball sized scoops and gently flatten on parchment lined cookie sheet. They don’t spread so you can cluster close together. Batter is a little crumbly, especially if you added extra oatmeal so you might have to mold the balls together. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minuets. They might look a little undercooked but they harden a bit as they cool. Yields about 32 depending of the size.

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