Maple- Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

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Maple- Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen medium cookies (or 15 large)

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark or light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cooking)
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
Sugar in the Raw, or coarse sugar, optional

Directions:

1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar with an electric mixer until smoothly blended- about 1 minute. On low speed, add eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla; mix until blended. Mix in dry ingredients until moist. Mix in oats and cranberries until well combined.

4. Using ice cream scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop onto prepared sheets, spacing at least 2 inches apart (they spread). Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of each cookie, if desired.

5. Bake cookies one sheet at a time until the tops feel firm and the bottoms are lightly browned- 15-18 minutes (for large cookies). 10-12 minutes for smaller cookies

6. Cool cookies on baking sheet for about 10 minutes; transfer to wire rack until completely cooled.

Tips:

*Add 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring if you would like more of a maple flavor.
*Add 1 cup of chopped walnuts if you wish.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Big Fat Cookies)