Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies – plenty of sugar!

We’re a bunch of sugarheads in this house and every time I make cookies I want to see plenty of sugar in the ingredients.  When I see recipes that are supposedly “low cal” or “diet” cookies I just can’t figure out the point of exerting the energy it takes to make something like that.  I want a good cookie that tastes sweet otherwise I’d just eat a carrot or something like that.

I have to throw in this photo since it carries through the theme of SUGAR… not that Lola eats a lot of sugar, obviously or that bag wouldn’t be sitting beside her.  It’s sort of a comparison of Lola’s size compared to 5 lbs. of sugar although if you ever followed old cookie butt up the stairs, you’d think she’s carrying at least a 40 lb. bag in each hip.

And when I think of cookies and think of sugar I remember moving in to this house.  Niki was 4 years old so she was able to help with moving in some of the lighter, unbreakable things.  During the pre-move (little things we did ourselves), we were bringing in a bunch of pantry and refrigerator things.  As Niki brought bags in, I did the putting away until she dragged this plastic, ripped bag that was leaving a trail of sugar through the foyer and into the kitchen.

“Aww geez, Nik, what happened?  Looks like the bag broke.”
“I’m sorry Mom, this one was really heavy so I kinda dragged it.”
(We have about a 40′ brick walk to the front door)
“Well, let’s not worry about it now.”
“S’ok, I got most of the sugar picked up.  But had to stop cause my tongue got really sore.” 

Like I said, we’re sugarheads in this house.  So this cookie recipe is super sweet but very healthy since it has oatmeal AND cranberries in it.  Nuts are a healthy addition too.  The recipe is attributed to Irene Bakulski via my sister-in-law.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

1     Cup butter (2 sticks)
1     Cup granulated sugar
1     Cup brown sugar
2     Eggs
1     Tablespoon vanilla
2     Cups flour
1/2  Teaspoon salt
1     Teaspoon baking soda
1/2  Teaspoon baking powder
2     Cups old fashioned oats
1     Cup white or chocolate chips
1/2  Cup dried cranberries (can use up to 1 Cup)
1/4   Cup nuts, your choice, optional

Cream together butter and sugars.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Sift flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together, then add to creamed mixture.  Stir in oats, chocolate chips, cranberries, and nuts.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.  Remove just as they’re turning brown.

If you spill any sugar on the floor, lick it up careful so as not to cause tongue bleeding.

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15 thoughts on “Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies – plenty of sugar!

    • Well it took me long enough to get her to sit down beside that bag of sugar! Put something down on the floor that came out of the pantry & she assumes you want her to eat it. I originally took that in response to someone who’d sent me a picture of their teacup dog next to a bag of sugar & the sugar was bigger than the dog. Since this person doesn’t like big dogs I had to respond with this one. You know, sort of a “yeah well my dog can take your dog AND a 5 lb bag of sugar”… I know it was childish.

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      • Love it. My best girlfriend and I have survived our kids going to separate schools, both of us going back to work, etc., but the biggest deal was her getting a small dog and us getting Bailey — we can’t be on the same side of the dog park!!! 😉

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      • Totally! The little ones yap their fool heads off while the big dogs just do their own thing. We originally had a common area that everyone came through, before heading to their “side”, and the little dog owners petitioned for their own fenced “cattle chute” so there is never a risk of one of OUR dogs EATING one of theirs…because, of course, that’s what big dogs do…. ha ha.

        Nominated you for the new Cuddly Blogger Award for your recent Jerry, Moe, and Lola posts! http://squirrelcircus.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/a-windfall-of-warm-fuzzies/

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      • I know you’re serious but I still have to say “are you kidding me?”… the little terrorists have their own private entrance? I guess it’s best they not get traumatized by evil dogs like Bailey. You could check with Bailey, but I do hear the little ones are good sauted w/butter – tastes just like chicken I hear.
        Wow! Cuddly Blogger award? Haven’t heard of that but I thank you very much. Oh wait a minute…does suggesting frying up small yappers disqualify me for that?

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      • Ha ha — I’ll have to take a picture of the private ankle biter entry chute and post it — remind me if you don’t see it in a few days!

        Bailey is particular to rotisserie Jack Russell terrier.

        I was told that the Cuddly Blogger was recently created by a fellow blogger — we may be some of the first recipients :). I won’t tell anyone what you’re cooking when you’re not making oatmeal cookies!

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  1. I’m shocked Lola did not actually EAT the bag of sugar…how did you get her to restrain herself?!?!? Now, if I could only get the picture of your poor child’s tongue on the bricks OUT OF MY MIND, I could relax and enjoy my lunch! 🙂

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    • Believe me, when I put it on the floor she just assumed I was giving it to her so she was nudging & smacking it but she’s such a hambone, as soon as she saw the camera she went into “pose” mode. Always give her a cookie after a photo shoot. As for Niki’s bleeding tongue, well mouth wounds heal fast… who would have thought?

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  2. Love the story! Your daughter went to such trouble to help clean up the sugar – she must have been lying down to get her tongue to the sugar. Such dedication!

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    • To this day I have no idea why she felt the need to get that sugar. I don’t think the motivation was to help clean up as much as to hopefully get some sugar before lunch. I was truly flabbergasted & all I could think of was little black sugar ants – well, guess she got some protein.

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