crazy good christmas cookies {fresh cranberry, chocolate & oatmeal}

cranberry christmas cookies

Yesterday, Katie emerged from the kids’ craft room and asked, “Mommy, is it true that it’s the law in Virginia that kids have to show their parents what they’ve colored in-between coloring things?” hahahaha!!! “No, sweetie…we love it when you show us but it’s not the law. You can’t go to jail for not showing us what you’ve colored.” {Then I called to her older sister to have a talk about telling wild stories to her sister} So funny and cute and awesome. Love those girls!!

And so I made them cookies. And let them measure and stir and put the dough on the cookie sheets. It was messy and the cookies came out all different sizes (I may have helped just a smidge with evening out the dough sizes just before putting in the oven). We listened to Christmas music and ate some of the cookies warm from the oven. Then we ate a few more. Because it was just that kind of a day.

cranberry, chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies

I’ve been a bit light on the blog posts lately, and I am really missing it!! But we’ve had a lot of life going on around here lately: my folks, as you know, bought their house and we’ve been helping get it fixed up. And when I wasn’t helping, I made sure that a nice meal and a glass of wine was ready for them when they walked through the door at the end of their long day. I’ve been to NYC with my beloved brand Cozi, where I spoke to anyone who would listen about their killer new Dinner Decider app! And, of course, there was Thanksgiving, which was your typical leisurely day filled with good food, lots of hanging out by the fire and a nighttime movie or two. Bliss.

I have quite a few new dishes that are coming this week. A crazy easy yet elegant shrimp dish, a warm, comforting cocktail and a delicious quick bread, for starters. But, since eating dessert first always sounds like a great life choice, I thought I’d start this week’s posts the same way. I love these cookies and the addition of fresh cranberries makes them perfect for a Christmas cookie tray. Dried cranberries can be substituted for fresh, but I highly recommend using fresh if you can get them. They add a soft texture that works really well against the chewy cookie.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

fresh cranberry christmas cookies