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Cookie Recipe: Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Spice Cookie

Enter the 2009 Cookie Bakeoff Bonanza!

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar*
1-1/2 cups whole oats*
1-1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips*
*I used ultra fine bakers sugar, organic whole grain oats, and a high quality cocoa chocolate.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In medium bowl sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice.
3. In separate large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine well. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Then add oats, cranberries, and chocolate** if you so desire. Use 1/4 cup and scoop onto cookie sheet - you should get about 6 per sheet.
4. Bake for at least 8 minutes, but most likely will bake for 12 depending on your stove.
**If you chose to not add the chocolate chips directly to the dough, you can melt chips in the microwave and drizzle (as pictured) or dip the cookies after they have cooled.

Submitted by Amanda Rettke

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