Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I love making oatmeal cookies and simply like the crunch of the oats in each bite. One great thing about an oatmeal cookie recipe is that you can add and substract the so-called condiments that go into the recipe. Such as a raisin oatmeal cookie. If raisin is not your favourite dried fruit, chuck it out and replace it with another dried fruit. How simple can it be.

This particular oatmeal cookie recipe originally used dried sour cherries. Unfortunately I've not seen a sour cherry sold in any of the bake shops I have visited. So I decided to use cranberries and the addition of white chocolate instead. You can say that I practically used whatever was available in my kitchen well within arm's reach. But heh, it worked out fabulously. In fact this cookie recipe is so delicious that I've made it a lot more than twice. And whenever I bake these, I make sure I put some away in a small jar and bring it office. Nothing like a quick munch whenever I get bored staring at spreadsheets.



Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe adapted from The Art & Soul of Baking

Ingredients

113g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup of firmly packed light brown sugar (I reduced mine to 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup granulated sugar (I reduced mine by about 3 tablespoon)
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup old fashion rolled oats (not instant)
1/3 cup dried cranberries (you can replace with any other dried fruit)
1/3 cup white chocolate chips (you can replace with dark chocolate if you like)

Method:

1) Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking trays with parchment paper.

2) Cream butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a stand mixer on medium speed. Beat until smooth and blended, about 2 minutes.

3) Scrape down the bowl and add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat for about 1 minute.

4) In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture all at once. Turn mixer to lowest speed and blend slowly until there is no more patches of flour. Scrap down the bowl.

5) Add the oats, cranberries and chocolate. Blend on low speed until everything is incorporated. Remove and give it one final stir with a spatula.

6) Using a small ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon, drop the batter onto the baking trays. Make sure you spread each cookie about 2" apart.

7) Bake the cookies for about 13 - 15 minutes until the cookies are golden brown at the edges but still a bit pale in the center.

8) Transfer to cooking rack and let cookies cool completely before storing away. Keep cookes in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 - 4 days.

Note:

You can make the dough 3 days ahead and refrigerate it in an airtight container. Soften the dough slightly before scooping it out to bake.




14 comments:

tracieMoo said...

They look delicious! what a wonderful snack. Love the idea of white chocolate and cranberry :)

Dodol & Mochi said...

Jo, I do the same thing everyday!! When I bake every Sunday for the following week's lunchbox and snacks at work, I always keep some to bring to office. What a nice getaway from those boring/tiring paperwork ... =)

Your cookies look so good!!

Pei-Lin

pigpigscorner said...

Love cranberry and white chocolate combo! and I bring my baked goods to the lab to snack on too!

The Duo Dishes said...

White chocolate and cranberries are a classic pair. Must be the creamy, smooth, tart feeling they leave in the mouth. Fun post-holiday cookies.

Pam said...

Yum. These look terrific - I love the combination of white chocolate with the tart cranberries.

Angie's Recipes said...

These oatmeal cookies look delish! My husband loves the white chocolate, these would be perfect for him.

Big Boys Oven said...

wow this definitely be my Chniese New Year cookie! :)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

I like this, as I like to use fresh fruit in my baking too. And compliment to your photos, very good.

5 Star Foodie said...

Cranberries & white chocolate are such a nice combination! Love these cookies!

noobcook said...

looks really good! just a nice nibble during work!

kk said...

i love this recipe!! i made the same cookies and substituted the sour cherries for cranberries too!! I came across your blog from tastespotting. Great blog!!

Ellie said...

Lovely cookies! I am sure they will brighten up your everyday!

bake in paris said...

I did the same thing by preparing some cookies or pies or whatever I could bake always nearby my computer....... that is how either busy or boring workday got passed by :-)

Well, this oatmeal cookies look delicious. Yummmy..

Sawadee from bangkok,
Kris

El said...

My latest obsession has been dried cranberries so I'm thrilled that you posted this recipe. Thank you!

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