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Santa's StockingMerry Christmas Wish

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas

Santa's Stocking are pretty much a traditional recipe except oats and dried cranberries pack in some nutrition, these fun cookies make a great gift when made using a Santa stocking cookie cutter. Can also make as drop cookies if desired.

Santa's Stocking

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
2-1/2 cups quick or old fashioned oats
1 cup dried cherries cranberries
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds (optional)
Decorating icing
Semisweet chocolate pieces
Candy-coated chocolate pieces

Recipe Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two cookie sheets.

Beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg, milk and almond extract; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in oats, dried cherries and almonds; mix well. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. With moistened hands, pat dough onto prepared cookie sheets into 1/4-inch thick holiday shapes such as stockings, Christmas trees or candy canes.

Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack with wide spatula or pancake turner. Cool completely.

Decorate cookies as desired.

Recipe Variation

For easy drop cookies, heat oven to 375 degrees. Follow recipe as directed above except drop dough by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

For Gift Giving

Wrap decorated cookies individually in plastic wrap. Pack each cookie in separate gift bag filled with crumpled tissue paper in holiday colors.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories: 90; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 50mg; Carbohydrates: 14g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 1g

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