Hello, my name is Christy and I’m a cookie person.
I love cookies. They are my ultimate go-to treat. For me, cake, pie, and any manner of candy fade in comparison to a really good cookie. I learned this the hard way when I started college at the University of North Alabama. I was 23 years old when I turned in my notice at the bank I worked at and moved into a dorm room to start college full time, fulfilling a dream. I purchased a meal ticket that allowed me to eat in the dorm dining room each night. The trick was, that dining room was all you could eat and it was staffed by some of the best hearted women you could ever meet, so we were welcome to eat supper and then make a plate to take back to our room for later or for lunch the next day. I generally took advantage of this by wrapping a few cookies in a napkin and taking them to my room for a bed time snack. This became my habit and let’s just say that the “freshman 15” became more like 20 and I had to relegate cookies back to the “occasional” rather than “daily” category.
But this recipe today, goodness, it is so worth it!
I am often asked what my favorite recipe is out of the hundreds I have made. It has always been a hard decision but I have finally decided that this is my favorite cookie recipe. It has it all: oats, sliced almonds, bright cranberries and a hint of a gingery zing. This cookie is everything to me! If you love oatmeal raisin cookies, this just might be your new favorite.
Chewy Cranberry Zingers
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger powder
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup self-rising flour
- 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or other nuts
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray and set aside.
- Combine the sugars, butter, cinnamon, ginger, and egg in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed, about 2 minutes. Add the flour and mix thoroughly.
- Add the oats, cranberries, vanilla, and nuts and beat at medium speed until combined into a stiff dough.
- Form the dough into golf ball-size balls using a cookie scoop or tablespoon and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake until lightly golden at the edges, 12 to 15 minutes. allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a platter or wire rack to cool completely.
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“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
~Charles M. Shulz