White chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

This is that time of year when most everyone is thinking, “hmmm, I could lose a little here or there.”  While I keep a pretty decent schedule of exercising 3-4 times a week, there are times I’ll catch myself looking at the little flaws.  Craziness right??  We drive ourselves mad with silly topics like weight loss.  So, for you all who wish to lose some weight and still want to satisfy that sweet tooth, I’ve got a great recipe for you!

The white chocolate and cranberry cookie.  White chocolate? How can that be healthy??  Well, ok, if you are demanding the perfect healthy cookie, it’s not, but you have limited amounts of chocolate in the cookie.  Didn’t I read that chocolate is good for you?  Oh, just dark chocolate!  Ok, so substitute it for dark then and get back to me on the taste.

Recipe is courtesy of Oceanspray, and I altered it!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (you can use quick oats too)
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 oz. Craisins dried cranberries
  • 2 oz. (4 squares) Ghirardelli (chopped)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, mixing well.  Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl.  Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks.  Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls* onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on wire racks.  Makes about 2.5 dozen cookies.

*Or rounded and flattened style depending on the look you are going for.

I did a couple styles of cookies for you, and even drizzled white chocolate on the cookies for added color and well… calories.  The chocolate drizzle can dress up any cookie, so try your hand at that sometime!  (Quick tip on drizzling chocolate – melt chocolate on 1/2 power in microwave, pour into a baggie, cut a tiny bit of the tip off on one corner, and drizzle away.)

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