Valentines Treats

If your looking to make a Valentines cookie that's not a cut out heart or covered in frosting you've come to the right place.  These Cranberry Chocolate Oatmeal cookies are the ticket.  They have the red & white colors that Valentines warrants but are less time consuming than the tradition decorated sugar cookie.  These cookies are hearty, chewy, & just plane scrumptious.  Here's the scoop:

3/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsps vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 3/4 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly coat cooking sheets with non-stick spray.  Beat shortening, sugar & brown sugar until creamy.  Beat in eggs & vanilla until fluffy.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl.  Beat into shortening mixture until blended.  Stir in oats, dried cranberries, walnuts, & both chocolate chips until combined.  Drop on baking sheets about 2 inches apart & bake 8-10 minutes.

And that's all there is to it.  So quick and yummy, but still festive enough for the season of love.

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