Elmo's Hearty Oatmeal Hearts
         Things You'll Need
         Sweeten the Mix
         Get Spicy
         Red, Healthy Cranberries!
         Give It Some Love
         Share with Someone Special!

        Ingredients

        • 2 cups rolled oats
        • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
        • 2 tsps ground cinnamon
        • 1 tsp baking soda
        • ½ tsp cream of tartar
        • 1 cup butter
        • ¾ cup sugar
        • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
        • 2 eggs
        • 1 tsp vanilla
        • 1 cup whole fresh or frozen cranberries
          Prep Time: 15 min
          Cook Time: 8-10 min
          Makes: 2 dozen
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        Elmo's Hearty Oatmeal Hearts

        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!

        Things You'll Need

        Gather these ingredients to make Elmo's Hearty Oatmeal Hearts.

        Sweeten the Mix

        Preheat oven to 350° F. In a mixing bowl, cream softened butter with white and brown sugar. Then add 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.

        Get Spicy

        Add cinnamon, baking soda, cream of tartar, and vanilla to the mixture. Then stir in oats.

        Little Hands Tip: Let your child help measure out dry ingredients like sugar and oats and pour 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?"

        Red, Healthy Cranberries!

        Mix in all-purpose and whole wheat flour. Then add 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?

        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. No cookie cutter? No problem! These can be made as traditional round cookies too. Bake 8-10 minutes at 350° F.

        Share with Someone Special!

        While you eat these sweet treats with your little sweetheart, talk together about the people you love and care about.

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