Chewy Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Cookies are so good, but the recipe was buried among all the others. That, plus it had a name that wouldn't come up in a search. But these cookies are worth being found! Adapted from a recipe by the great Elinor Klivans, these big fat cookies are sturdy enough to wrap for bake sales. They're chewy and rich in flavor, but lower in butter and have a decent amount of healthful ingredients such as walnuts and oats.
And speaking of walnuts, they work really well in these cookies because the cookies themselves are fairly sweet. The walnuts add a little crunch to Chewy Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Cookies, but they also tame the sweetness and add a little more richness.
The batch size will vary depending on how large you make the cookies.
Chewy Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Cookies
- 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour (240 grams)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (114 grams)
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar (65 grams)
- 1 cup packed dark or light brown sugar (210 grams)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup maple syrup (160 grams)
- 1 ¾ cups old fashioned oatmeal not instant**
- 1 ½ cups dried cranberries
- 1 cup walnuts toasted and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and have ready a couple of parchment lined cookie sheets.
- Stir together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat butter and both sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and beat until combined. Stir in vanilla extract and maple syrup. By hand or using lowest speed of electric mixer, stir in flour mixture. When flour is absorbed, stir in oats, cranberries and walnuts.
- Using a quarter cup measure, shape dough into large mounds and place mounds 3 inches apart on lined cookie sheets (OR, you can do what I do and scoop out the individual mounds, chill them as mounds, then refrigerate or freeze the mounds until you are ready to cook them).
- Bake one sheet at a time for 15-17 minutes. Let them cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to lift off, then allow them to cool completely on a rack.