Elmo's Hearty Oatmeal Hearts (Makes 24 cookies)
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Photo: Matt Ball
Elmo loves a lot of people – his mom, his dad, his friends, and Dorothy. Make these delicious special occasion treats and share them with someone you love!
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 cup whole fresh or frozen cranberries
Step 1: Sweeten the Mix
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl cream the butter with the granulated and brown sugars. Add the eggs and stir.
Little Hands Tip: After you’ve gotten the batter started, let your child have a try with the spoon. Take turns mixing until the ingredients are blended together.
Step 2: Get Spicy
Add the cinnamon, baking soda, cream of tartar and vanilla to the mixture. Then stir in the oats.
Little Hands Tips: Let your child help measure out dry ingredients like sugar and oats and put them into the bowl. Talk as you measure together. For example, ask: “If we have one cup of oats, how many more do we need to make two?”
Step 3: Red, Healthy Cranberries
Mix in the all-purpose and whole wheat flours. Then add the cranberries.
Little Hands Tip: Talk about how cranberries are a kind of fruit that is good for our bodies. Cranberries are filled with Vitamin C that helps us stay healthy. What other fruits are red?
Step 4: Give It Some Love
Put a spoon of batter down on the cookie tray, put the cookie cutter around it and press the dough into the shape (you can flour the cutter to keep it from sticking.) No cookie cutter? No problem! These can be made as traditional round cookies, too. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
Step 5: Share with Someone Special!
While you eat these sweet treats with your little sweetheart, talk together about the people you love and care about.