They are the softest, flavorfullest, yummiest cookies ever. And they are packed with fruit, nuts, and oats too!
They taste like Christmas with their chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon combo. In fact, I just might need to make them for a holiday party this year.
Last year for one of the holiday parties with Mitchy’s family, I attempted a stuffed mushroom dish that turned out embarrassingly badly. The mushrooms became cold and soggy, and the taste was too bitter. It was pretty terrible, and even though a few people tried them out of pity, they were pretty awful. Sometimes you hit, and sometimes you miss, eh?
Despite any of our prior holiday failures, we can always fall back on these simple cookies for delicious support in times of quickly needing a yummy Christmas/Thanksgiving recipe, and for that I love them. I love them also because of how thick they are and how well they hold together. They are chunky little suppliers of goodness and happiness.
But I cultivated them from infancy, when they were just chunks of chocolate and mounds of flour, so my opinion is swayed. If you want to know if they are good enough for your holiday desert collection, try them out for yourself, and please let me know how they turn out!
One last photo, and look at Mitchy’s cute little fingys stealing my cookies during the shoot! That was not part of the plan, but he stole a cookie while I was in the middle of pictures and dipped it at the perfect moment. My reaction went like this:
- Mitch! Who does that? The camera is up! My hand is on the clicker! Getcho hand outta my shot!
- Wait, that actually turned out pretty cute. Let’s get some more like that.
- ♥ 1 cup softened butter
- ♥ 1 cup coconut sugar
- ♥ 2/3 cup apple sauce
- ♥ 2 cups flour of choice (all purpose in pictures)
- ♥ 2 cups rolled oats
- ♥ 1 tsp. baking soda
- ♥ 1 tsp. salt
- ♥ 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ♥ 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ♥ 1 tsp. almond extract
- ♥ 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I love Ghirardelli)
- ♥ 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- ♥ 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I prefer pecans)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in apple sauce until well combined.
- Add in the flour, oats baking soda, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix together completely.
- Add chocolate chips, cranberries, and nuts, and combine until immersed in the dough.
- Scoop mounding tablespoons in globs onto a baking sheet about an inch apart from one another, and bake on 375 for 12-14 minutes, until becoming golden brown along the tops.
- Let them cool for 5-10 minutes, eat a few, take some pictures, and let me know how they were!
Yields: 24 medium-sized cookies
Fat: 11 g
Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 4.6 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 217 mg
Potassium: 56 mg
Carbohydrate: 26 g
Fiber: 2.3 g
Sugar: 12.9 g
Protein: 3.7 g
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