Cranberry and Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

by Sarah on October 14, 2010

Oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal Cookies

It’s always nice to get together with friends and just sit and chat over a steaming cup of tea or coffee.

But in Sweden, if Mr. Svensson told his wife “I invited the Eriksens for coffee” his wife would throw a fit.

Seven types of biscuits, nordisk museum

Nordisk Museum explantion

You see, it is customary and expected that the host bakes no less than seven* different kinds of cookies and pastries all freshly made and artfully arranged before the guests arrive.

nordisk museum tea time

Coffee party display at the Nordisk Museum

This should be undertaken only by professional pastries chefs who have ovens as large as garages. For anyone else it is a recipe for a nervous breakdown. Is it a wonder that Swedes will do their upmost to avoid this social obligation?

If this is for coffee, what about dinner parties, you ask? That is a bit more complicated.

Nordisk museum

I actually forgot to photograph the bird display, but it exists, it can be seen in the upper right corner

First, you have to go out and shoot a goose, stuff it, shoot another goose, cook it for a couple of hours and display it magnificently between the propped wings of the stuffed bird (wonder what the Vikings would have thought of that). And that is only the main course.

Nordisk Museum

Be suspicious if you see a gigantic sewing needle in front of a museum

Nordisk museum

Picture of the only two others in the museum

This information I learned in the wonderfully idiosyncratic Nordisk Museum in Stockholm. It is dedicated to all cultural aspects Sweden you never thought to ask.  There are rows upon rows of doll houses, displays of crafts and furniture throughout the ages, old photographs of hardworking men and women and a collection of traditional customs. My audio guide informed me of the most curious things. Did you know that under the layers of petticoats and dresses, Swedish girls used to wear absolutely……. well, never mind. In anycase, for me the most interesting showcase was the full replicas of dining rooms replete with typical Swedish meals.

Although I would love to replicate the Swedish coffee party here, I will  present you with a quick and easy, and most of all…stress-free oatmeal cookies.

oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry-Pecan Cookies

Based on a recipe by Cookie Madness. This cookie is packed full of energy and great with the morning coffee.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oats (not instant)
3/4 cup cranberries
1 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 180°C (375°F).

Mix together flour, baking soda and salt.

Using a mixer, cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.

On low (or my hand) add the flour mixture. Mix only until incorporated. Stir in oats, cranberries and nuts.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten dough slightly if you want a crispier and thinner cookie.

Bake about 10 minutes. Less if you want to chewier cookie, more if you want a crisp one. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 30 cookies.

*I have never been invited to coffee in Sweden but it would make sense if this tradition has eased up a bit from the 19th century.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Yael October 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Wow, the pictures turned great. The cookies look delicious. And i’m proud of your productivity, post every day. you go girl!


Yael the Finn October 15, 2010 at 12:39 am

Oh I miss Stockholm…..
Lovely looking cookies Sarah..
That really is the thing in Finland too(well,after all we were part of Sweden for centuries) that if you invite somebody you have to have so many different kinds of goodies on the table.I even have a book which is called “Seven sorts of cookies”…


Sarah October 15, 2010 at 4:06 am

Yael the Finn- how funny they actually have a dessert book called 7 kinds of cookies.

Yael- thank you my most dedicated commenter ;-)


Jamie October 15, 2010 at 3:26 am

Sarah, this is funny on so many different levels. Well, your ! of humor is a riot. But when I have guests for afternoon coffee I go berserk and actually bake 7 things to eat while husband stands in the doorway yelling and trying to get me to stop. And of course everything comes out dry and not very good. So actually only baking and offering one perfect, luscious little cookie is the best! And these look so delicious and perfect! And I’d love to visit Stockholm, your pics make it look so beautiful!


Sarah October 15, 2010 at 4:11 am

thanks Jamie, I am the same way, I get into mini panic attacks that there wont be enough food, that it wont tasty enough… Sometimes I wish I had a cooking partner to share this burden, but usually I am on my own. Well, almost, now I sometimes get one of my sons to make dessert.


Mimi October 19, 2010 at 4:39 am

I wasn’t hungry before I saw that photograph, but NOW I am.


Sarah October 19, 2010 at 5:34 am

hop over for coffee!


Sophia October 19, 2010 at 9:01 am

Wow, what delicious-looking cookies. I love sweets and these cookies look mouth-watering! I usually stick to these Brownie Cookies. They’re pretty tasty too!


lisaiscooking October 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm

These cookies look much less stressful than offering seven kinds of sweets! A couple of these would make a lovely snack right now.


barb kunz October 23, 2010 at 8:06 am

Did you put fresh cranberries in these cookies or dried ones? The picture looks like it was dried cranberries.


Sarah October 23, 2010 at 8:39 am

dried cranberries


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