Sow Your Oats and Cranberry Jam It In Cookies

Makes 30 cookies

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Ingredients:

· 2 cups whole almonds

· 4 cups old-fashioned oats

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

· 1 cup melted coconut oil

· 1 cup maple syrup

· ½ cup fresh cranberries

· ¼ cup white sugar

·1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Put your nuts in the food processor and give them that gentle pulse they like so much. Don’t overdo it though, you want a coarse meal not a powder. Once you’ve busted your nuts, transfer them to a large bowl. 

Using the same processor bowl, grind those wild-oats and salt into a coarse mixture. Transfer to the bowl with the nuts and add 1 ¼ cup of flour. Pour in the coconut oil and maple syrup, and mix with a wooden spoon. If the dough seems too soft add the extra flour, but give it 15 minutes to stiffen up. This dough is a grower not a shower. 

While your dough is getting harder, place the cranberries, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes or until the berries burst. Remove from heat and blend the mixture with an immersion blender until smooth. Return to heat and cook for another 5 minutes, then let things cool down for 10 minutes.

Time to return to your dough: Roll into 2 inch balls (your balls will be a little wet and sticky, but that’s nothing you can’t handle) and place them on your cookie sheet. Using your hand, press down gently to flatten each ball.

Use the end of a wooden spoon to create a peen-shaped indent in your dough balls. Spoon your warm jam into a sandwich bag and snip just the tip of the bag. Now lay that pipe of jam and fill the hole. Be generous with your jam, it’s the holidays after all.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cookies begin to brown slightly. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes before moving to a rack to finish cooling down. Once cooled, get ready to enjoy a sweet and nutty explosion in your mouth (but waaaaaay tastier than the one your boyfriend gave you last night).