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Favorite cookies for the Christmas holidays

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Top Christmas Cookies

  • Space Dust Cookies
  • Snicker doodles
  • Lemon Thumbprints
  • Chewy Sugar
  • Cranberry Oatmeal Spice
  • Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles
  • Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Peppermint Candy Canes
  • Chocolate Gingerbread
  • Almond Macaroons

My suggestion for healthy eating and roughage is to enjoy these highly rated Cranberry Oatmeal Spice cookies. When prepared 5 days before baking, the dough is stored at room temperature in a tightly covered bowl. The dough can be made only 5 days in advance and a plastic bowl is perfect for storage. Cooking.com has recipes for the holidays including their similar version of Cranberry Oatmeal Spice. Both recipes make at least two dozen cookies. The ingredients differ slightly. Cooking.com has a spicier cookie, but the recipe presented is sweeter. Go to any grocery store baking aisle to purchase the ingredients. These are reminiscent of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies; cranberries are a seasonal addition.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  3. 1/2 baking soda
  4. 1/2 baking powder
  5. 1/2 tsp.salt
  6. 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  7. 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened for mixing
  8. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1/2 packed golden brown sugar
  10. 1 large egg--liquid eggs can be substituted if desired
  11. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  12. 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  13. 1 cup old fashioned oats
  14. 3/4 cup of dried cranberries or craisins--usually easier to find

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter one baking sheet per one dozen cookies.

Stir the first six dry ingredients in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, add creamed butter and both sugars in a large bowl. Blend dry ingredients and the ingredients combined using an electric mixer. Mix in egg, vanilla extract, almond extract oatmeal and cranberries.

Drop a tbsp. of cookie dough onto a baking sheet with a two inch space between drops of dough. Bake until both tops and bottoms are lightly golden. This is achieved by rotating the baking instruments halfway through baking. Bake for approximately 13 -15 minutes. Transfer to cooling racks to complete the process.

Serve warm. Powdered sugar mixed with soy milk ices the cookies. It will enhance the flavor of the icing when sliced almonds are added. A cup of milk chocolate cocoa with whipped cream topping is a tasty complement. This makes a warm and cozy snack during the Christmas holidays.

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