31 Days of Cookies: Oat Bars with Cranberries and Macadamia Nuts

This update on a traditional South African crunchies recipe includes cranberries, macadamia nuts and white chocolate for the holidays.
By: Sam Linsell

On this 23rd day of cookies, our guest blogger shares her holiday take on a classic South African treat.

This cookie is based on my grandmother Betty’s recipe for oat crunchies — a classic South African dessert. The original recipe has been passed down the generations and is a favorite of all of my family members. I added dried cranberries and macadamia nuts to make them a little festive for the holidays. Want to make them truly over the top? I’ve included an option to drizzle melted white chocolate over the bars at the end.

If you like your cookies crispy, use a wider tray and spread the mixture a bit thinner. If you prefer them chewier, use a smaller tray, so they are thicker.

Photo by: Samantha Linsell

Samantha Linsell

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Sam Linsell is based in Cape Town, South Africa, where she works as a professional food stylist and photographer. Passionate about all things food, she is constantly creating recipes and images, which she shares on her award-winning food blog,  Drizzle & Dip . She is a one-stop shop for recipe and visual food content, and she has been commissioned by various magazines and digital publications. Sam has written, styled and photographed two cookbooks.

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