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Make-Up Cookies

I have failed you and I am sorry. I was so excited for the first yoga Monday post yesterday. I wanted to do a post-workout/run stretching video and that turned into a giant mess involving the video cutting off halfway through, a second video that I was going to merge with the first, over 200 minutes of upload time on YouTube (because my cameral shoots HD video) and then realizing that where it cut off and where I started back didn’t match up at all…blah, blah, blah. The end result is that I need to film it again for you today. Yay!

In the meantime I’m going to make it up to you with cookies. But first, here’s a look at some of the things I’ve been eating lately.

Plain Greek yogurt, banana, a mix of museli and granola and sunflower seed butter.

Bringing back the sandwiches for lunch. Boar’s Head Salsalito Turkey, avocado, mayo, spinach, tomatoes and muenster on sourdough.

For whatever reason, I have been craving meatloaf. I planned on making my favorite Mozzarella and Spinach Stuffed Chicken Meatloaf but decided to get creative and try a different variation. I ended up doing a spinach and feta chicken meatloaf and it turned out great. The leftovers have been even better. Meatloaf isn’t the prettiest thing to photograph but let me know if y’all want me to type up the recipe for you and I will.

I come to you with a peace offering. I thought these were the best cookies I have ever baked but I was wrong. These cranberry, white chocolate, dark chocolate oatmeal cookies win. The oatmeal/cranberry/white chocolate combo is one of my favorites and I was in the mood to bake cookies with these ingredients on Sunday afternoon. As I was researching recipes online, I came across this recipe on foodnetwork.com from Giada that was very highly rated. I decided to give it a go and I am so happy that I did.

These cookies are big, full of cranberries and chocolate and thick in the center. You use an ice cream scoop to portion the dough out into big balls. The whole recipe only made 14 cookies but I LOVE the big cookies for a change. They reminded me more of a bakery cookie than a homemade if that makes any sense. This would be an awesome base recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies too. I modified the original recipe by adding white and dark chocolate chips as well as a handful of toasted walnuts. This will definitely become a staple recipe for me.

Oatmeal, Cranberry and Chocolate Cookies
(Recipe heavily adapted from Food Network)


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup toasted walnuts or pecans

Special equipment: 4-ounce (1/2 cup) ice cream scoop (or can just roll 1/2 cup dough into rounds)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets by lining with a Silpat or or parchment paper and set aside.

Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or with a hand mixer, beat butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy and lightened in color, about 1-2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until smooth.

Reduce mixer speed to medium-low and gradually add the flour mixture. Turn the mixer to low speed and add the oats, cranberries and chocolate and nuts. Mix until just incorporated. The dough will be really stiff. Using the ice cream scoop, scoop slightly rounded mounds of the dough balls. You should have anywhere from 12-15 balls. Arrange on prepared cookie sheets and space them evenly apart.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies are slightly golden on the edges but still soft in the center. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet or transfer parchment paper to wire racks.

Yield: 12-15 cookies

Enjoy! Have a good day and I hope you forgive me! 🙂


{ 29 comments… add one }
  • Sara January 15, 2013, 10:22 am

    If you were REALLY sorry, you’d bake and deliver them 😉

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:18 pm

      you’re right! 😀

  • Candice January 15, 2013, 10:28 am

    I love makeup cookies! They always turn out better then I think!
    I made these ones on sunday! http://www.bodyofamother.com/2013/01/apple-cinnamon-chocolate-bites.html

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:36 pm

      yum! what an interesting idea to bake cookies using the instant oatmeal packets! thanks for sharing!

  • Marian January 15, 2013, 10:30 am

    you’ve got to try these cookies — they are the best I have ever made! crunchy/sweet/salty/chocolate/magic. http://food52.com/blog/4664_magical_marvelous_cookies

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:37 pm

      oh my gosh! those look incredible!

      thanks for sharing the recipe! i will add these to the “to bake” list! (it’s a very long, delicious sounding list)

  • Jen January 15, 2013, 10:47 am

    Too bad the video didn’t work out! So even though you posted about cookies, I’m going to talk about yoga haha–I went to my first class on Sunday and I loved it! Can’t wait to go again and I’m looking forward to more yoga posts from you!

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:37 pm

      that is great news! i’m so glad you had a good experience!

  • Clara January 15, 2013, 10:53 am

    Mmmmm love the white AND dark chocolate. Deelish!

  • Heather @ girlyeverafter January 15, 2013, 11:04 am

    Cookies and yoga are my besties so I prefer this post on a rainy Tuesday anyway;) My mom made similar cookies at Christmas and at first I was hesitant with the tart and sweet, but the combo works PERFECT!

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:38 pm

      it is one of my faves! works in so many different baked goods. and i love cookies and yoga immensely too! 🙂

  • Katherine January 15, 2013, 11:14 am

    Those cookies do look good. Can’t wait to see your workout video!


  • Addy @ Six-Kick Switch January 15, 2013, 11:26 am

    I hate video equipment, it’s such a hassle! I suppose forgiveness is in order, since you added dark chocolate to an amazing oatmeal cookie recipe 🙂 Those look amazing!

  • Liz Lovett January 15, 2013, 12:08 pm

    Hi Jen, these sound wonderful, thank you so much! I have some left-over dried cranberries that “need” using up so I will just “have” to make them…translation required for this English reader though – is “all-purpose flour” self-raising or plain? Thank you!

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:38 pm

      it’s plain – not self rising!

  • Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 15, 2013, 12:30 pm

    Those cookies look amazing! I need to make those ASAP!

  • She Rocks Fitness January 15, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Stop apologizing! It happens and the beautiful pictures + the cookie recipe was plenty. PS: not only did my client nail those salted caramel cupcakes, but she is going to make those Oreo Truffle Balls that you recently posted. I should keep forwarding these to her, so she can have me be the taste tester. 😉 Have a fabulous Tuesday!

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:39 pm

      haha, that is a GREAT deal for you! you work her out and she feeds you sweets! 🙂

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 15, 2013, 6:29 pm

    I love that you added dark chocolate to the cookies! I am not a huge white chocolate fan, but actually really enjoy it with cranberries. This recipe looks awesome!

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:40 pm

      me too! it just works for some reason.

  • Michelle Eden @ From Seed To Tree January 15, 2013, 6:50 pm

    Make-up cookies work for me. 😉

  • meghan @ struggle muffins January 15, 2013, 8:12 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve used baked goods to rectify any and all transgressions I’ve ever made – they’re the ultimate peace offering 🙂 The spinach and feta stuffed chicken meatloaf sounds delish – I’ve never been a big fan of meatloaf but that one caught my attention and I’d love to try it, thanks for the idea!

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:44 pm

      it’s SO true! i don’t love beef meatloaf but chicken/turkey is yummy!

  • JSG January 15, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Jen, your amazing! Love your blog so much and love more that its not all about babies, etc( bc I’m not there yet either!) Ps. I will be making those cookies!

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:44 pm

      thank you so much for your sweet comment and for reading! 🙂

  • Sara @my less serious life January 16, 2013, 6:12 am

    ahhhh i’m on this meatloaf craving thing right now too,. the rainy weather maybe? i need to make some asap…

    • Jen January 16, 2013, 6:45 pm

      yes! comfort food!

  • Tiff January 16, 2013, 11:33 am

    Oh man, and now I want cookies!

  • Brittany January 16, 2013, 8:57 pm

    I would LOVEEEE the meatloaf recipe! 🙂

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