The holidays definitely snuck up on me this year, and I am sort of panicking to get everything bought, wrapped, and under that damn Christmas tree. Considering the super luxurious and expensive student lifestyle I live (NOT) I had to be pretty creative with gift ideas. Home-made cards, home-made burned CD’s, home-made baked goods…ya, you get it.
Most people love cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and the like, but it seems that around Christmas, it’s the last thing you want to be getting. There is so much holiday food already around, it’s almost an overkill.
But not with these cranberry-coconut oatmeal cookies (what a mouthful). These cookies have protein. these cookies have fiber. They are made with half the fat and sugar as regular cookies, thanks to the applesauce, and are also pretty darn addictive!! I have quite the active family, and I’m sure these will be a hit because they are considered more as a healthy (gasp) snack, than a dessert.
Cranberry-Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 1/3 cups white flour
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup cranberries (or raisins, or dried blueberries)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (or pecans, or almonds)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a greased cookies sheet with parchments paper. This recipe makes almost 40 cookies, so use multiple cookies sheets or else this will make many batches.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rolled oats. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat room temperature butter and apple sauce, and sugars. (Don’t worry if butter appears to separate). Then slowly beat in eggs, one at a time. Finally add vanilla.
Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, mixing in between. Add coconut, sunflower seeds, and cranberries until just combined. Scoop tablespoon size amounts of dough onto cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes for chewier cookies, and 12-14 minutes for a more crisp cookie. Both ways are delicious.
Makes 36-40 cookies.
Hope you’re all having fun with holiday baking!