I’m not a crazy Christmas baker. Actually, I like to bake but I don’t like having the cookies around the house. But I was flipping through Bon Appetit’s section on Flipboard this morning and they have a Christmas cookie recipe a day. Most of them had nuts as an important component and I hate nuts in any kind of baked good so they were easy to skip. But these ones looked good.

Triple-Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Makes about 30

By Elinor Klivans


* 1 cup all purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
* 1 large egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup old-fashioned oats
* 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
* 2 ounces milk chocolate or white chocolate, chopped (for drizzling)


Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture and oats and stir until blended. Stir in all chocolate chips and cranberries.
Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until edges are light brown, about 16 minutes. Cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool completely.
Stir chopped milk chocolate in top of double boiler until melted and smooth. Using small spoon, drizzle melted chocolate over cookies in zigzag pattern. Let stand until milk chocolate sets, about 1 hour. DO AHEAD Can be made 2 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Ok, now here’s the real world version.

I forgot to buy cranberries at the store so those were out. I’m not sure where they would have gone anyway. I had to squish the cookies together with my fingers in order to keep the little bit of batter together because these end up being mostly chocolate chips. That is not a bad thing!

I give these a big thumbs up.