• Cookies for santa

    Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

    This is not your traditional holiday sugar cookie recipe. This is a healthier recipe that’s still festive and nutritious featuring oatmeal and dried cranberries. Substitute vegan egg replacer for the eggs and this is a vegan recipe.

    1 cup vegetable oil (or use butter)
    2 cups coconut sugar (or use 1 cup each brown and cane sugar)
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    3 cups old fashioned oats
    ½ cup walnuts (chopped)
    1 cup dried cranberries

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oil and sugar. Mix thoroughly. Beat in the eggs and then the vanilla extract. Set aside.

    In a separate, larger bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and oats. To this bowl add the walnuts, cranberries and sugar/egg mixture. Mix well. This mixture will be very thick so be sure to scrape down to the bottom of the mixing bowl so that everything gets mixed thoroughly.

    To make the cookies, drop two tablespoons of the mixture on an ungreased cookie sheet. Continue until the sheet is full. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown.

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