My granddaughters are staying with us this weekend. In anticipation of their arrival, I decided to make some cookies. That is what grandma’s do, right? I wanted something healthy, but still tasty. I came up with these “pumped up” oatmeal cookies.

Using the Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Cookie recipe here , I added and subtracted a few things.

I wanted a variety of dried fruit to go along with the raisins, so I decided to add dried cranberries, dried blueberries and dried cranberries infused with cherry juice. I used a generous cup and a half of mixed dried fruit instead of a single cup of raisins. The dried cranberries I used were from Ocean Spray, but other kinds would work just as well. The dried blueberries came from Trader Joe’s. They also carry a berry mix that included strawberries, cherries and blueberries. I didn’t purchase it because I just wasn’t sure how the dried strawberries would taste. Maybe I’ll try it next time around.

To compensate for all the dried fruit, I reduced the sugar by ½ cup. I added more vanilla and cinnamon. You can never go wrong by adding more cinnamon. I buy it in bulk, so I always have plenty. Then I put in an extra cup of oatmeal (increasing it from 3 to 4 cups).

Here are the ingredients:

      • ½ cup ( 1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
      • ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
      • ¼ cup granulated sugar
      • 2 eggs
      • 2 tsp. vanilla
      • 1 ½ cups flour
      • 1 tsp. baking soda
      • 2 tsps. cinnamon
      • ½ tsp salt
      • 4 cups uncooked oatmeal (I used old fashioned oatmeal but you can also use quick cooking oats )
      • 1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit (dried cranberries, dried blueberries, cherry flavored cranberries, raisins)
      • Handful of chocolate chips
      • Heat oven 350 degrees

In large bowl, cream butter and sugars.   Add eggs and vanilla, stir well. Mix in flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add oatmeal and mix well. Stir in dried fruit and chocolate chips.

Drop dough by spoonfuls onto an ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until they are just turning golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

These cookies are delicious.