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Friday, August 7, 2009

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries & White Chocolate

I promised my sister-in-law I was going to make oatmeal cookies for her and her family. I always use the recipe on the Quaker Oats box but add in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips (or chunks). They're really good. I made a little change when making today's batch of cookies. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of Fiori di Sicilia. I bought this flavoring a while ago and have kept it in the refrigerator door. Every time I opened the fridge door, I would realize I hadn't tried it yet and needed to add it to my next batch of cookies. I thought that the vanilla/ citrus-y flavor would really enhance the dried cranberries in the cookies. It did. I could see where this flavoring could be very overpowering if used indiscriminately - a little goes a long way. But it added a slight, can't-quite-put-my-finger-on-it, enjoyable flavor to these cookies. I'll be experimenting with it in other baked goods, too. This will be interesting!

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cranberries & White Chocolate

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon fiori di sicilia, (optional)
1-1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips (or 8-ounce bar of white chocolate, cut into small chunks)

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Thoroughly mix in eggs and flavorings. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to butter mixture. Mix in oatmeal. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate.

Line baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment. Place rounded tablespoons of cookie dough 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, or until cookies are set and edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and leave on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove cookies to rack and cool completely.

Yield: 3-1/2 dozen cookies


chow and chatter said...

lovely gift

Cucinista said...

Yummy, nutty oatmeal, tangy cranberries, white chocolate -- heaven in a scoop of batter.

La Table De Nana said...

Anything tied up in a bow has to be decadent:) You know me if it follows the pretty rule:) It's even better! I love pretty food..and unfortunately not everything I make is:) Cookies bundled up like this.. a weakness..
It's funny I bought a similar extract.. from a company in the states and it did add a certain je ne sais quoi..I have seen yours..was it at KAF? And wondered..

I look at things I have picked up and not used also:)

Jacques loves dried cranberries~

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Thank you, ladies.

Monique, EVERYTHING you make is beautiful! I wish I was as creative and artistic as you are!

Yes, I did purchase the extract at KAF. I used 1/2 teaspoon in this recipe - I definitely would not add more. It was the perfect amount. That little bit was quite fragrant, and I was afraid it was going to overpower the entire batch of cookies. Thankfully, it did not - just added that je ne sais quois, as you said. I will be remembering to use it in the future!

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

You're killin' me Lori... these LOOK FABULOUS!

(I think I can convince myself they're healthy because obviously the healthful oatmeal & cranberries cancel out everything else that we're trying to watch right now, right?!) lol.

Seriously, I MUST make a batch for our son; he will FLIP!

Such beautiful pictures, I love them bundled in a pretty ribbon, too. Very nice!! xo

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Oh my - you are all so sweet!

I just realized I forgot to say how much oatmeal to use! Duh. It's 3 cups of oatmeal. (What a goof...) I corrected the recipe above.

Thank you all again for being so kind!

Sal said...

These seem like quite a crowd-pleaser, the perfect dessert to bring out after a sumptuous meal with family and friends. As a rule I absolutely love oatmeal cookies, and adding white chocolate and cranberries makes the deal that much sweeter!

Mrs Ergül said...

I happen to have everything (except the flavouring) on hand. And I have been looking at specifially oat cookies since I have loads to clear from my pantry!

Thanks for the recipe!

mary said...

These are perfect!

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