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Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Cranberries
I always feel good about making a fresh batch of homemade cookies, but putting a few elements that are on the healthier side of the spectrum is an easy way to feel just as good about eating them, too. These Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries have quite a few good-for-you ingredients in them. They’re made with whole wheat flour, oatmeal and are packed with antioxidant-rich mix-ins like dark chocolate and dried cranberries. They’re not health food, since they also have a good amount of butter and sugar in the dough, but I know that I always like a good reason to reach for a second cookie.

The cookie dough comes together like a standard chocolate chip cookie dough. Whole wheat flour can make cookie dough drier than regular all purpose flour can, so you will notice that there is less of it in this dough than in your average chocolate chip cookie recipe, even though the texture of the finished dough will be about the same. The cookies have a crispy edge and a nice chewiness to them when they come out of the oven. You can taste a little of the whole wheat flavor, but it blends well with the nuttiness of the oatmeal and is balanced well by the butter in the dough, which adds just enough richness to keep these from tasting like health food. The cookies aren’t overly sweet, and the rich dark chocolate and bright cranberries really stand out to make for a very satisfying cookie.

Regular whole wheat flour works very well in these cookies and gives them pleasant, mild whole grain taste. Most of the people that you serve these to won’t even notice that they’re eating whole grains. If you do want to make the whole wheat element a even more subtle, you can use white whole wheat flour instead or a blend of whole wheat and regular all purpose flour. I prefer to use quick cooking oats because I like both the look and texture that they give to the finished cookies. Both dark/bittersweet chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate chips (which are actually just another way of naming dark chocolate) will work beautifully in this recipe, giving the cookies a good dose of chocolate in every bite and contrasting well with the tart cranberries. The cookies will keep very well when stored in an airtight container for a few days.

Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups oatmeal (pref. quick cooking)
1 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups dark or semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract.
Stir in flour mixture, followed by oatmeal, dried cranberries and chocolate chips.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between cookies.
Bake for 11-14 minutes, until cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 4 dozen.

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  • cathy @ Noble Pug
    January 7, 2013

    Knowing they are a little healthy…I’d eat like seven.

  • Spencer
    January 8, 2013

    Sounds like a bit of a mouthful but I am sure it tastes great!

  • Carla
    January 9, 2013

    These look amazing. They are on my list for my next baking day. Can’t wait!

  • Rachel
    January 9, 2013

    Thank you for posting your recipes. I try quite a lot of them and they always come out well as your instructions are excellent!

    Even though I’m really happy with how they turn out, I wanted to ask what measurement of cup you are using for flour, butter and sugar? Could you tell me how many grams you are using?

  • Jeff
    January 14, 2013

    Do you think “Craisins” can be used or would they render the cookie too sweet?

  • Jackie
    February 4, 2013


    If I chill this dough overnight will it dry out?

  • cstephens
    March 10, 2013

    Awesome!!! But when to add dry mixure not mentioned. But still came out great!!!!

  • Tessa
    March 23, 2013

    OMG!!!!! WOW!!! Absolute cookie revelation!! these are the most scrumptious cookies i have EVER EVER had! they were chewy if you baked them shorter. you couldn’t even taste the healthy stuff. the cranberries (i used craisins) and chocolate combined to make an AMAZING explosion in my mouth! i ate about five on the spot! BEST THING EVER!!!!!!

  • Ashley
    June 6, 2013

    Omg! These cookies are so good! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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