Sesame Cranberry Chewies

This recipe came out of my friend’s Trader Joe’s cookbook.  It only has six ingredients (five if you omit the salt)! Plus, if you use certified gluten-free oats your treats will be both vegan and gluten-free.

These cookies were so quick and easy to make. Mixing my brand new almond butter and waiting for the oven to preheat were the longest steps. I didn’t bother to chop up my dried cranberries, but I suppose they’d distribute more evenly if you did. Be prepared for sticky fingers when doling out the dough- maple syrup and almond butter will do that.

Today was my first time trying out this recipe and I am well pleased. The sesame seeds and almond butter blend together to create a nutty flavor reminiscent of a candy from my childhood (what candy I cannot recall). I’ve never used sesame seeds in desserts before, but these cookies are so delicious that I’m going to have to start experimenting!

Happy baking!

Sesame Cranberry Chewies

  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup creamy almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if nut butter is salted)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries or dried cherries

Gather together all of your ingredients. Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.

Drop 1 1/2 inch balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet and lightly press to flatten slightly.

Bake 8-10 minutes, until very lightly browned. Keep your eye on them as they can burn quickly.

Cool and enjoy! Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months (if they last that long!).

Yield: 16-20 cookies

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All of the ingredients, plus my reminder note.
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Honestly, I could just eat this as is!
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Before going in the oven.
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Cookie party!
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