Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies


This weekend has been filled with plenty of delicious Foodie adventures...although very few have actually taken place in my kitchen.

The Hungry Spoon kitchen was abandoned yesterday in favor of a day trip to Pittsburgh. That's right friends: we headed north for a day in "the big city."

We enjoyed a trip to the Market, explored the Strip District, spent a good deal of time at a used book store, and settled for the afternoon at the Beehive Coffeehouse. Inevitably, the day concluded at my favorite spot for vegetarian cuisine--The Quiet Storm (I ordered the ultimate and highly addictive Apple Panini. I urge you to re-create this in your own kitchen. You won't regret it).

Enough about my travels, though. Let's get to the good stuff: White Chocolate-Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. I initially feasted my eyes on these sweet treats at the Simply Life blog, and reading the recipe title alone convinced me that I had to try them.

Magnificent! I baked a batch late last night after we returned from PA, and I have no doubt they'll be gone quite soon. This cookie is chewy and rich, and the tart cranberries balance out the sweetness of the white chocolate quite nicely.

Happy Baking to you!

Do you ever do late-night baking?

Cranberry & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
(recipe courtesy of Simply Life blog; makes about 2 dozen cookies)

This cookie exemplified the perfect oatmeal cookie for me--chewy and sweet. Cranberries and white chocolate make a great addition.

Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1- 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 - 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 oz. dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
Directions:

1) Preheat 375 degrees. Prepare baking sheets with cooking spray.

2) In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well-combined.

3) Combine the dry ingredients (through the salt) in a separate bowl. Add to butter mixture. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate chips with a spoon.

4) Place rounded spoon-fuls of dough on cookie sheet and bake 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly browned at the edges (mine were done in 8 minutes exactly).

4) Enjoy! These are definitely good cookies to eat with a glass of milk :)


18 comments:

  1. Oh I'm SO glad you like the cookies! Thanks for letting me know!! =)

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  2. I totally just bought cranberries yesterday! I know what I am going to be using them for! By the way, white chocolate is me second favorite after dark. I just love the taste! White chocolate macadamia nut cookies = the best!

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  3. Gorgeous!

    I usually try to avoid late night baking because I get too tired, and I don't want to fall asleep on the oven! Sunday afternoons? Prime time.

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  4. i am definitely a late night baker! so fun :)

    also this is a bit random, but i was home for the weekend and cleaned out some of my things in my bedroom at my parents' house. i threw away a bunch of old Witt magazines & found an article in one of them about you. :)

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  5. i went to pittsburgh once for a convention. my classmates and i were supposed to explore the city there but we didn't ); i only went to one part of the area. not sure if you know where is it, the applebee in the plaza and i remember there is a forever 21 nearby. haha.

    but yes, i think i would really enjoy cranberry white chocolate cookies. i dont think i've had cranberries in cookies before!

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  6. I love your cookies and since I have some cranberries in the fridge I see them on my plate soon.

    p.s. I'm a late night or bright early baker. I almost never seem to find the baking mood during the day.

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  7. Haha, I am a total late night baker! I always kick myself when I'm putting quick breads in the oven at 11pm because I have to wait an hour for them to finish...

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  8. Late-night baking for procrastination and stress relief? Story of my life. I baked cornbread last night (or morning) too. I've actually been craving cookies these days, so I shall bookmark these! :)

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  9. I sometimes get the urge to bake late at night too -- it is dangerous for me though, since the chance of eating too much dough gets higher as I get more tired :(

    I love cranberries + white choc -- these look great!

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  10. OMG I just recently found a recipe for these same cookies and I really wanted to make them! I'm glad they taste good!

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  11. Wow those looks really good. I bet the cranberry would add the perfect hint of sweetness!

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  12. I have to say I'm not a late night baker--the idea sounds appealing and fun, but in reality as it gets late I get very, very sleepy . . .

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  13. these look so good - I really like white choc. macadamia cookies, and I love cranberries, so these would be delish I'm sure! I'm more of an afternoon baker.

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  14. Oatmeal cookies are my favorite and I love that this recipe makes the classic a bit more special. This chilly weather makes me want to start baking more. I'm bookmarking this recipe. :)

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  15. These cookies look delicious! I'm starting to round up my holiday baking list and I strongly suspect these will be added to it...;)

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  16. These cookies are to die for!!!! They look as pretty a taste....very festive for the holidays!!!

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  17. While in OH, I went to Pittsburgh for a couple auditions and many IKEA trips! :) Wish I'd known about that restaurant then.

    One of my friends made this kind of cookie once, and I loved it! Will have to remember this recipe because it looks great. I used to bake late at night almost exclusively until I started blogging. Then I realized daytime was better for photos! :)

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