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
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.