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Hearty Oatmeal Cranberry Almond Cookies

I love oatmeal cookies and have been experimenting with different additives and recipes…until my experiments yielded this delicious, semi-healthy cookie. Perfect for a winter’s day! (NOTE: If you’re trying to cut back on sugar, reduce sugar amounts and use unsweetened cranberries)

Makes about 2 dozen

1 ¾ cups quick-cooking oats (you can even throw some quick-cooking steel-cut oats in)
¾ cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup dried cranberries (sweetened or unsweetened, as you like them)
¼ cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Put parchment paper on cookie sheet or lightly grease.
Toss oats, flour, cinnamon and baking soda in a small bowl.
In a separate, larger bowl, cream butter and both sugars until light and smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla. Slowly beat in oat mixture. Lastly, by hand, mix in cranberries and almonds.
Drop rounded balls, 2” apart, on cookie sheet.
Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown on edges.
Cool 2 minutes and then transfer to wire cooling racks.
Eat immediately or store in a tin. You can also freeze the cookies in a plastic bag to eat a couple at a time. 

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Nancy Monson is a certified health and creativity coach who supports her clients to discover their healthier selves through personalized eating and exercise habits. She also speaks frequently on creativity, health, and diet topics. In addition, Nancy is a successful freelance writer. Her articles have been published in over 30 national magazines and newsletters, including Family Circle, Glamour, More, Reader’s Digest, Redbook, Shape,, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Woman’s Day. Nancy is the author of three consumer books: Creative Wellness, an ebook published in 2012; Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting, and Other Crafts; and The Smart Guide to Boosting Your Energy, published by John Wiley and Sons in 1999.