Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This is my daughter's happy, chocolate-y, and satisfied smile. It is also her "mom-I -forgive-you" smile.
This morning I forgot to pack snacks in her lunch bag, which left her with a prison meal of pasta and water. I received a text message at noon from her that read: where are my snacks? The worst part is that I didn't actually read the text message until 2:00 PM. I'm a bad momma...
In order to make up for trying to starve my own kid, I made her these cookies. They were warm and straight from the oven when she walked through the front door.


Ingredients
2 sticks of butter2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs

1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chunks



Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


In a medium size bowl box the salt, baking soda, and flour. Set aside.
Bring butter and eggs to room temperature. Cream butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix in vanilla extract, then add one egg at a time. Add the flour mixture one cup at a time. 
Mix in the oatmeal and dried cranberries. Add the chocolate chunks last.

On a non-greased cookie sheet  place 1-inch round dough balls approximately 1-inch apart. Place sheet in oven and bake for 10 minutes. 



The cookie dough can be placed in the fridge for a few days. In fact, the cookies attain a nuttier flavor the longer you keep it in the fridge. Something to do with the butter and the flour and plain old alchemy if you ask me. But since we're talking about raw eggs here, it's not a good idea to leave unbaked cookie dough in the fridge for more than 3 days. 

Yields 40-45 cookies

Enjoy!