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Cranberry Oat Thumbprints

These appetizing cranberry, oat, and chocolate morsels are a perfect bring along to a wedding shower because they present so well. Place them into a coloured box, add a bow and you have a low‑cost, quick‑to‑make gift that is bound to impress.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups all‑purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup ground toasted walnuts
  • 1/8 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup Large Flake Quaker® Oats or Quick Quaker® Oats (uncooked)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

How to make it

  1. For cookies, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer until creamy. Add combined flour, walnuts and salt; beat just until combined. Add oats; beat just until combined. Cover and refrigerate dough until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.*
  2. For filling, combine cranberries, granulated sugar and water in small heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer gently, stirring frequently, until cranberries pop and mixture thickens. Cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  4. Pinch off pieces of dough and roll into 1‑inch balls. Place 2‑inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Use thumb to make deep indentation in centre of each ball.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are light golden brown.
  6. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely.
  7. Store cooled cookies at room temperature in airtight container, separating layers with parchment or waxed paper, up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. Thaw in container at room temperature.
  8. To serve, fill centres of each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon cranberry filling. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Transfer to resealable plastic sandwich bag and seal. Snip tiny piece from corner of bag. Pipe chocolate over each cookie.
  9. Refrigerate just until chocolate sets.

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