Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

I had some leftover fresh cranberries in my refrigerator that I didn't want to go to waste! So I decided to put them into cookies!

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
makes 34 cookies

3 c. old fashion oatmeal
1/2 c. brown rice flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. extra fine sea salt
2 c. fresh cranberries
1 c. applesauce
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. turbinado sugar
2 TBSP. pure maple syrup
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Parchment paper a large cookie sheet.

-In a food processor, pulse the oatmeal 5-7 times.
-In a large bowl, whisk together the oatmeal, rice flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the salt.
-In the food processor, add the cranberries and pulse 8-10 times until broken down.
-In another large bowl, stir together the cranberries, applesauce, orange juice, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla.
-Add the cranberries mixture to the dry mixture. Combine well.
-With a 1 1/2" cookie scoop, lay cookies 2" apart on prepared cookie sheet. Flatten with the back of a fork or with your fingers to 1/4" thick. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly firm to touch.
-Transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Store in a container when completely cooled.

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