Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day 2 - Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

12 Days of Cookies - Day Two
Edited to add: It's important to note that your cookies will only be as good as your ingredients. If your cranberries are stale...dried and sugary, you won't get good flavor from them. Additionally, if you sub out margarine or shortening for the butter, your cookie may spread too much.

Mmmm....this is a good any time of year cookie. The drizzle of white chocolate takes them over the top. Enjoy!
Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes about 4 dozen.
Total time: about an hour

2 c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. table salt
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
3 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. dried cranberries (or dried cherries, chopped)
6 oz. good quality white chocolate, chopped or white chocolate chips (Ghiradelli)

Extra white chocolate for drizzling or dipping.

Whisk together:

flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Cream butter, both sugars, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer until light and fluffy.

Add flour mixture; stir with a rubber scraper or wooden spoon until completely blended. (I use the lowest speed on my Kitchenaid mixer, mixing just until the mixture is almost completely combined.)

Fold the oats, cranberries, and white chocolate into the dough until evenly distributed.

Drop in mounds (see previous post for scoop info) about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. (note: do not grease your baking sheets..this adds extra fat which may cause your cookies to spread too much. Use parchment or a Silpat liner)

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 11-13 minutes or until golden but a little moist. (All cookies continue to cook a bit after removal from the oven so always slightly under bake for a soft cookie.) Let cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack.

If desired, drizzle or dip into white chocolate. (Oh, yes! :-)

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Tammy Hershberger said...

Oh, holy night do those ever look and sound good, Charlene!!! I HAVE dried cranberries in my desk drawer here at work, but I'm taking them home with me tonight, and stopping on the way to buy white chocolate and oats! These are gonna' have to be added to the list of cookies were making all weekend! (And I should have thought to holler your way last night when we were having a Monster Cookie Crisis! The problem got solved, but I almost thought I was going to have to ditch a whole batch of cookie dough!)

Lisa B said...

Okay...I am soooo making these! I am under 20 inches of snow so what else to do but get fat and happy!
Happy Holidays!

Sabrina Jackson said...

OMGosh, see this is what I get for not being able to get on the computer in 2 days. I will so make these yummy looking cookies. Gotta go to the store though as I don't have any of those ingredients below the vanilla :C. Charlene, you sure do your name 'cookiebaker' proud, my friend. You be making all of those yummy goodies. Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Tammy Hershberger said...

Made a batch of these tonight, Charlene and they're super good! Wondering what kind/brand of cranberries you use, though? I had Ocean Spray, and I'm disappointed... I can't really taste the cranberries at all. But thanks so much for sharing! I want to try them again sometime with dried cherries instead!

Sue said...

Charlene you are the Cookie Goddess. I bow to your knowledge and good taste. OMG these are fabulous.

Sue from Oregon said...

oh yummmmy.... saving for future reference!

Kelly said...

Oh my, cranberry and white chocolate are my favorite combo. Thanks for sharing your recipres!

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