Take-10 Super Cookies

Recipe by PJ Hamel

Super, because they're moist, chewy, and packed with tasty ingredients. Take-10, because 10 of those ingredients* (marked with an asterisk) are considered by cancer researchers to be "breast-cancer prevention friendly."

We've recently taken to making these cookies into bars, both to save time, and because they make a light, tender, tasty bar, perfect for bringing to a potluck or kids' sporting event. In the end, these cookies aren't to die for... they're to LIVE for.

25 mins
12 to 25 mins
45 mins
about 30 cookies or 2 dozen bars
Take-10 Super Cookies


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  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets. For bars, lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices, salt, vanilla, and egg, beating until smooth.

  3. Add the boiled cider or syrup.

  4. Stir in the carrots, cranberries, chips, and nuts, then the flour, beating gently until well combined.

  5. Add the oats last, making sure they're thoroughly distributed throughout the bowl.

  6. To make cookies: Drop tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto the prepared sheets, leaving about 1 1/2" between them.

  7. Bake the cookies until they're just barely set on top — about 12 minutes.

  8. Remove them from the oven, and cool them on the baking sheets; they'll be very soft, so don't try to transfer them to a rack.

  9. To make bars: Press the dough into the prepared 9" x 13" pan.

  10. Bake the bars for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  11. Remove the bars from the oven, and press them down gently but firmly in the pan; this will make them slightly chewier. Serve them right out of the pan.

  12. Once cooled and cut, store in a covered container, with waxed paper or parchment between the layers to keep cookies or bars from sticking to one another.