Thursday, February 25, 2010

Crisp Cranberry and Carrot Oatmeal Cookies





From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Arguably, there are few snacks more appealing than an old-fashioned oatmeal cookie. While I suspect your favorite recipe for them was selected years ago, I have one more version I'd like you to try. These crisp cookies use less shortening than most and they're so packed with good things that a snake oil salesman might actually be able to convince you that they're good for you. I wouldn't go that far, but if your sweet tooth demands a snack, you could do worse. How's that for a rave review? Seriously, the cookies are packed with oatmeal, carrots, cranberries and nuts and there is hint of orange buried in the dough that gives them a unique flavor. It's hard to make a homely cookie anything more than it is, so rather than try let's get right to the recipe for this not bad for you cookie. Here it is.

Crisp Cranberry and Carrot Oatmeal Cookies...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1 tablespoon orange liqueur or concentrated orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
2) Cream brown and white sugar with butter. Add orange zest, vanilla and orange liqueur to beaten eggs. Mix well and stir into creamed mixture.
3) In a separate large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to mix. Add oats, raisins, carrots and nuts. Add to butter and sugar mixture. Work with a wooden spoon to mix. The dough will be very stiff.
4) Using a tablespoon measure, drop dough onto prepared cookie sheets, spacing about 2-inches apart. Flatten top of cookies with a fork or damp fingers. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Let sit in pans for 5 minutes. Transfer to a rack to finish cooling. Yield: 36 cookies.

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Lemon Tea Cookies - One Perfect Bite
Chinese-Style Almond Cookies - One Perfect Bite
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46 comments:

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Mary, Oatmeal is my favorite cookie. I would imagine that I would love these. Love carrots and I bet so sweet in this like cake. YUM!
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Leigh
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Mary said...

How unique and what a good looking cookie!!

zurin said...

Ive never had a carrot oatmeal cookie! I can imagine that it would be awesome.. ill have to gv it a try....tq (^^)

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

I aint up for oatmeal but more than carrot u had me at crisp and add carrot and orange and am all in for this one....

Federica said...

deliziosi questi biscotti!! baci!

Luciana said...

Delicious and inviting...bye Luciana

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Debinhawaii said...

I love all the healthy things packed into these cookies--they look great!

Coleen's Recipes said...

What a GREAT combination for a cookie!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm so in the mood to make these now...

Susan said...

I really like the combination. Very different. Any limit on how many are safe to eat before they are addictive?

Allie and Pattie said...

Hmmm.., some of my favorite things in here. I'llbe making these!
xoxo Pattie

Claudia said...

The carrot interests me - it does change the game - luring me into thinking it's healthier? Looks great and will try.

Ashleigh said...

Have I mentioned that you're a genious Mary???

ButterYum said...

Actually, I think these sound pretty interesting. I bet the kids would love them, and they certainly don't have to find out all the good things that went into the recipe!

:)
ButterYum

Maria said...

Great minds think alike, I will be posting carrot cookies soon:) Love yours!

Alea said...

My kids prefer "wholesome cookies" over sugary cookies. I will be treating them to a batch of these cookies today!

♥ Kathy said...

I am SO going to try these!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Mary, We love oatmeal cookies around here! This is such a different twist on the original recipe...I will try it.
♥, Susan

Joanne said...

I love a good oatmeal cookie. I've never seen cookies made with carrots before! These look delicious.

Bob said...

I had cookies like this once before, they were wicked good. I will totally be trying these!

Ashleigh said...

The buckwheat crepes were actually very good. Thanks for asking!! You should try them. Very earthy flavor.

Hungry Dog said...

wow, these really do sound great! I actually don't have a favorite oatmeal cookie recipe so this one has a shot! I love cranberries and the idea of grated carrot in them is genius!

Mary said...

Hungry Dog, I'm so glad you stopped by. I hope you'll visit often.

pigpigscorner said...

wow great combo! I've never had cookies with carrots before. Interesting.

Cousin B said...

This site is wonderful...thanks for sharing all these recipes!

Mary said...

Cousib B, I'm so glad you found us. I hope you'll visit often.

DailyChef said...

I can't believe I've never thought to have a carrot-based cookie, especially since I love carrot cake. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

Debbie said...

I love cookies Mary and can just keep munching on them throughout the day! Yours look so tasty and I'm sure are very addicting!

A Year on the Grill said...

well done... And they are good for you... well compared to most desserts anyway. Love the hidden zest idea

Donetta said...

funny that is what I made today, but my old favorite recipe. This might be a nice diversion.

Kim said...

How unique! I love the combo of the cranberry and carrot. Sounds like health food to me;D At the very least I can see having one of these as a healthy breakfast - LOL!

Sasha said...

I love oatmeal cookies! They're definitely my fave. I've tried many recipes before but none with carrots. I'm bookmarking this page. Thanks : )

theUngourmet said...

I just love what you've done with these! Oatmeal cookies are my favorite. I really like the carrot in here. It's nice to have a fun new cookie recipe to try! :)

PeggyR said...

The cookies sound wonderful. Thank you for posting on my blog! I'm always looking for new receipes to try...

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

What a great combination! I love oatmeal cookies the best too.

Mary said...

Peggy, I'm glad you found your way here. I hope you'll visit with us often.

grace said...

i can tell just by looking at the pictures that these cookies have the perfect crunch-factor. and what lovely ingredients--cranberries, walnuts, and orange zest may just make an appearance in my next carrot cake!

Julie said...

Yum...love cranberries in my cookies!

Katy ~ said...

I love my oatmeal cookies pretty plain, maybe with raisins, and turn my nose up at anything else...till I saw this. There's just so much going on with ingredients I love, that I've bookmarked this. Looks and sounds too good to pass by. Thanks, Mary. This looks like a keeper!

My Little Space said...

I love these cookies too! I just love chewing on the oatmeal.

g said...

Mary, I just made these cookies last night and they were marvelous!! Thank you for the recipe.

Amy Grant, Stella Dot, and Yma said...

This recipe sounded too good to be true, and for me, unfortunately, it was. I made two pans of it. The first burned after only 10 minutes in my stove. The second ran into one big clump that, even after greasing the baking pan I couldn't remove. I'll probably have to buy new pans, actually. I followed the recipe and I have a big, ol' fancy gas stove, so I can't for the life of me figure out what might have gone wrong.

Mary said...

Amy, I'm sorry you had problems with the cookies. I have no idea what might have gone wrong. I make these several times a year and have never had the problems you describe. That they would burn in only 10 minutes amazes me. It must be frustrating. Have a good day. Blessings...Mary

Genie T said...

We need more Vitamin A in our diet, so I searched for carrots in oatmeal cookies. This particular recipe is well written (I see that the designer was in project management)and delicious. The cookies improve when they are baked beyond "looking baked". My 83 year old husband likes them very much.

Samantha Powell said...

Ooooh Mary, these look so yummy! I am craving cranberries :D and a big chewy oatmeal cookie sounds perfect!

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