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All-Star Oatmeal Cookies

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: PJ Hamel

All-Star Oatmeal Cookies  Recipe

(a.k.a. Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Drops, a.k.a. Kids' Choice Chip & Fruit Oatmeal Cookies ...)

Kids and cookies go together like — well, like kids and just about anything sweet. Given kids' affinity for sugar, you might as well temper it with some of the "good stuff" — in this case, oats with their soluble fiber, and whole wheat flour, with its extra vitamins, minerals, and bran. Trust us: the kids won't know they're getting anything "healthy" in their favorite cookie!

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At a glance

4 1/2 dozen cookies


Choose your measure:

  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, right from the fridge, or at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cider or white vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups Unbleached King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 3 cups chips, chunks, dried fruit, and/or nuts of your choice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, shortening, sugars, vanilla, salt, and vinegar.
  3. Beat in the egg, then the baking soda, flour, and oats. Stir in the chips.
  4. Drop the dough, by tablespoonfuls, onto the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool on a rack, or right on the pan. Lighter-colored cookies will be chewier; darker-colored, crunchier.