WW Recipe of the Day: Low Fat Cranberry Ginger Oatmeal Cookies
Peter and I spent several hours together in the kitchen last Thursday making and baking a variety of Weight Watchers friendly sweet treats perfect for the holidays.
We made healthier sugar cookies, chocolaty candy-cane triangles, healthier chocolate almond coconut truffles, and my personal favorite, these Cranberry Ginger Oatmeal Cookies from Weight Watchers Magazine.
I love oatmeal cookies in all their variations and this one is no exception. Packed with chopped dried cranberries and crystallized ginger they bake up moist, sweet and chewy with a delightful spicy bite.
Cranberry Ginger Oatmeal Cookies Recipe Notes
These Cranberry Ginger Oatmeal Cookies are simple drop cookies that are lower in fat. The recipe calls for a couple of things you'll probably have to shop for: a jar of baby food prunes (affiliate link) and crystallized candied ginger (affiliate link), which I find at Trader Joe's in with the nuts and dried fruit.
You could probably substitute unsweetened applesauce for the prunes.
The recipe called for quick cooking oats, but we only had old-fashioned, so made the switch. Another option would be to pulse the old-fashioned oats a few times in your food processor (affiliate link) or blender (affiliate link) to make them more like the consistency of quick cooking oats.
It's worth mentioning that cookie baking is a lot more fun with the right tools. I love my silpat non-stick silicone baking mats (affiliate link), half-sheet pans (affiliate link) & tablespoon scoop (affiliate link) 🙂
Bake these cookies less long and they turn out moist and chewy, longer and they become more scone like, less moist, but still chewy. Peter preferred them less done; me more.
How Many WW Points/Calories in these Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberry & Ginger?
According to the nutritional details provided with the recipe, each cookie has 87 calories and:
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
2 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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If you like these Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, be sure to check out my other WW Friendly cookie recipes, including No-Bake Rice Krispie Date Balls, Holiday M&M Cookies, No-Bake Peanut Buttery Chocolate Cookie Dough Balls, Chocolate Caramel Mini Oat Cookie Bars and Easy Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
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WW Low Fat Cranberry Ginger Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup baby food prune puree
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup uncooked oats, quick or old-fashioned
- ¾ cup dried cranberries, chopped
- ½ cup crystallized ginger, chopped
- Heat the oven to 375F degrees. Coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray (I use silpat silicone liners instead.)
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light fluffy. Stir in the egg, prune puree and vanilla until well blended.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, a little at a time, stirring until just combined. Then stir in the oats, cranberries and ginger, just until mixed in.
- Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls, onto the baking sheets, spaced at least 2 inches apart. (You should end up with 28 cookies.)
- Bake until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheets.
Source: Weight Watchers Magazine Nov/Dec 2014
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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My favorite cookie are spicy snickerdoodles.
I made these oatmeal cookies and I definitely will be making them again. However my all time favorite is gingersnaps.
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Hi Nancy I just made these cookies and they are so good! I have a question do you think you could do these with some kind of candied orange? Not sure that cinnamon would be the right flavor for that though any thoughts on what would work?
SORRY! I put the wrong name Martha!!!
Hi Paula, yes I think candied orange would work with the the cranberry in these oatmeal cookies!
These are delicious! Made them gluten free. I might cut the sugar a little next time.
Holiday Hello Martha,
I had ALL of my cookies, spiced pecans, and cheese straws ready to fill Holiday Tins and distribute to folks. Then here you come with a recipe I couldn't resist--- Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. They are just that ! Irrestible !! Love the sweet chewiness and the spicy kick--
My daughter made these and brought some over. While we liked them, the ginger was a bit too spicy for us. But I made some substitutions and have made them twice now. Also, I use dried cranberries in a lot of recipes, so I substituted for them also. Instead of the cranberries and ginger I used chopped prunes and chopped dried apricots. They are a new favorite at our house! Your Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies are a new favorite too - so easy and so yummy.
These are delicious, I will be making them often I think