Maple Cranberry Pecan Cookies
I found the original recipe on Relish...I've tweaked it to my liking and here you have a wonderfully yummy cookie!
My families new favorite!!! :o)
2 cdried cranberries or cherries
1 1/2 cwater (you can use a complimentry flavor of liquor instead of the water)
3 coatmeal, uncooked (quick or old fashioned work)
2 2/3 cflour
2 tspbaking soda
2 cbrown sugar
3/4 cpure maple syrup
1-2 tspmaple flavoring
2 ctoasted pecans, coursely chopped
How to Make Maple Cranberry Pecan Cookies
- Place cranberries or cherries in a microwave safe bowl, pour water or liquor over top and microwave 2-3 minutes. Let stand at least 15 minutes then drain and set aside. Discard water. (If using dried cherries, they might need a little chop)
- Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment or spray them. If you don't, these cookies WILL stick!
- In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, coconut, flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and brown sugar until mixed well together.
In a saucepan, combine butter and syrup, heat over medium heat until butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and maple extract.
- Stir butter mixture into dry ingredients stirring to combine then mix in pecans and cranberries.
I use a 1/4c cookie scoop, and place balls onto prepared cookie sheets at least 3" apart. (I get 8 cookies on my air bake pan.) Flatten slightly. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on cookie sheets 10 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. And ENJOY!!!
- Helpful tips or thoughts...
I have made this with 4 c oatmeal and no coconut before and they were still great!
I have added white chocolate chips to these...wonderful!
I have used 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon...wonderful!
- Since this recipe makes a lot, I like to bake 2 pans and freeze the dough for later use, to do this:
Place cookie dough balls onto a lined pan, place in freezer and freeze until firm. Place frozen dough balls into a freezer zip lock bag. Keep in freezer for up to 3 months. Take out what you need when you need it. Place frozen dough balls on prepared cookie sheet, allow to thaw, flatten slightly then bake per instructions.