Our third entry from the Cherries in Winter cookie swap party is a little indecisive: It wants to be good (oatmeal and dried cranberries) and yet it wants so very much to be bad (white chocolate). In other words, it’s the perfect mix for the holidays, a time for looking forward to healthy new year’s resolutions while happily chomping on decadent treats such as these.

For a festive variation that heads back into healthy territory (as much as something containing butter and sugar can), consider swapping out the white chocolate for pistachios. The combination of green nuts with red fruit is very merry indeed.

Either way, this recipe is fast, easy, and has a high yum factor. These cookies make an excellent gift, provided enough of them make it out of your house. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2/3 cup butter (softened) or vegetable oil
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups oatmeal (regular, not instant)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup craisins
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Optional: a dash or two of powdered ginger

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy (or mix oil and sugar). Add eggs and mix. In a separate bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt (and optional ginger). Add to wet mixture in stages, mixing well after each. Stir in craisins and white chocolate.
Use teaspoon to drop dough on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, being careful not to let cookies get too brown.

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