I love handmade Christmas gifts. They speak of time and effort and thoughtfulness. But I’m not a crafty mamma so normally I leave the handmade business to others. However, this year come late December I will be making these cranberry oat cookies. They are chewy and sweet with that hint of festive cinnamon spice. And they are easy to make. Then all you have to do is pop them in a glass jar, tie a pretty ribbon and et voila, a delicious handmade gift!
1 cup plain flour
1 1/2 cups traditional oats
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of milk
1 large egg
115 grams butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup of caster sugar
1/2 cup of cranberries
(Makes approximately 20 cookies)
– Mix together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder.
– In a separate bowl whisk together milk, egg and vanilla extract and set aside.
– In another bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Gradually add the milk mixture until well combined.
– Mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
– Gently fold in the cranberries and oats.
– Place the dough in the fridge until firm (I didn’t but it will make the dough easier to handle)
– Preheat oven to 170c (fan forced) and line baking trays with baking paper
– Shape heaped tablespoons of dough into balls with your hands, pressing them down gently on to the baking tray with a fork. Leave space between each cookie for them to spread a little.
– Bake until golden but still soft in the middle, approx 15-20 minutes.
– Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
**Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart**