|Holiday Spiced Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Cookies, easily made vegan - recipe in post|
Is there anything better than a homemade gift? I mean, really... what are the holidays all about? Family, love, togetherness, smiles... and if you ask me, that doesn't have to be expensive, or difficult, or full of gifting-guesswork.
Even as a kid, I would get so excited about the things I was making for people it was hardly ever a surprise to the recipient. In fact, the giving was always more exciting than the getting! I was a strange child, I know.
This year I'm making some of my favorite treats as gifts (you snooping family members, look away!) and wanted to share them with anyone looking for some great last-minute goodies. To kick things off, cookies!
The recipe took a little tweaking to make it jar-able, but after a few test batches I had things working perfectly. I've provided the ingredients in the order in which I layered them in the jars, and for consistency I've measured each ingredient by weight as well as volume.
This recipe is easily made vegan (simply use your favorite substitutes for butter and milk). I tried making a batch gluten-free, with not-so-good results. If you'd like to play around with making them gluten-free, I suggest adding another 2-3 TBSP liquid to the recipe.
Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Cookies - Holiday Spiced and Everything Nice
Makes about 16 cookies - easily made vegan
1 cup all-purpose flour (140g.)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8th tsp. ginger
1/8th tsp. cloves
2 cups rolled oats (160g.)
1/3rd cup dark brown sugar, packed (about 65g.)
1/3rd cup sugar (about 65g.)
1/2 cup dried cranberries (about 60g.), or other dried fruit
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped (about 50g.), or other nut, more dried fruit, chocolate chips, m&m's, etc....
6 TBSP unsalted butter, or dairy-free substitute, melted
1/3rd cup milk, or dairy-free substitute
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350f.
In a bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Stir in the butter, milk, and vanilla extract. Scoop 1 1/2 - 2 TBSP sized balls onto a lined cookie sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just barely set on top. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.
To Layer In Jars:
One recipe fills one quart-sized mason jar. I layered the ingredients into the jar in this order:
Flour (with the baking powder, baking soda, and spices whisked in)
1/2 the oats
1/2 the oats
I then labeled each jar with baking direction on top:
Directions: In a bowl, stir cookie mix. Add 1/3rd cup milk or milk substitute, 6 TBSP melted butter or dairy-free margarine, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
Mix well, and scoop into 1 1/2-2 TBSP sized balls onto a lined cookie sheet. bake at 350f. for 10-12 minutes, or until just barely set on top. Let cool 5 minutes before devouring!