When I got assigned Taylor's blog GREENS and CHOCOLATE as my first Secret Recipe Club assignment, I was excited. When I actually went to her blog page though, I was even more excited. The first post that caught my eye was her Chai Spiced Cinnamon Chip Blondies, and I said "Oooo I want to make that", and then I saw the Avalanche Bars and said "no, THAT!" and then her Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting and the Peanut Butter M&M Blondies and I didn't even know what to do anymore...
Indeed, Taylor seems to be some sort of a baking goddess, with a special penchant for combinging everything I love - like peanut butter, cinnamon, chai, smores - into delicious baked good creations. But her talents clearly aren't isolated to baked delicacies like Blueberry and White Chocolate Oat Bars , no, she had me practically drooling over her Maple Bacon Baked Beans post. The point is, while I had to choose just one recipe to post, you don't! Go, and run don't walk, to Taylor's GREENS and CHOCOLATE blog, and make EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!
While trying to decide which recipe to try out, it was clear that I had to try one from Taylor's special skill-set of baking, and while I was initially distracted by all kinds of blondies, cookies and brownies catering to my inordinate love of peanut butter, I have strangly been craving something I don't go for very often; White Chocolate. So, when I saw Taylor's recipe for White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, my mission was clear.
Honestly, I'm not a huge baked goods guy. I don't like cake or cupcakes, and on brownies and the like I could go either way. But I LOVE pies and cookies, and by cookies I mean Oatmeal cookies. There's nothing as good as a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie studded with raisins and anything else that you can squeeze in there, and with just a few personal tweaks on my part, these cookies were nothing short of amazing.Crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, the tartness of the dried cranberries went especially awesome with the creamy sweetness of the white chocolate chips. I started out with a sample of batch 1, and being a good chef, felt obligated to sample batch 2 as well. But I just couldn't decide which was better and had to try another of each again. The verdict? They were both AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME, and I didn't even think twice about having just eaten cookies for dinner.
So, don't just take my word for it, go to the store, buy the stuff, and make these White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, and while you're munching away in chewy-sweet goodness, check out Taylor's blog GREENS and CHOCOLATE and figure out what to make next!
WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES
- 1/2 c (1 stick) butter, softened (can use light butter)
- 1/2 c light brown sugar packed
- 1/2 c white sugar (or sugar sub)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 c white flour
- 1/2 c whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/4 c oatmeal
- 3/4 c dried cranberries
- 1/2 c white chocolate chips (add more to your tastes)
Preheat oven to 375. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, and then beat in the egg and the vanilla. In a large bowl combine flours, baking powder and soda, salt and cinnamon, stir in the wet ingredients and then the oatmeal. Lastly, carefully stir in the cranberries and the white chocolate chips and then let the batter sit and firm up in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
Use spoons to scoop balls of dough onto greased baking sheets and flatten each ball down a little bit before baking for 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are golden brown and crispy.
Lastly, let these babies cool for an agonizing 10 minutes or so before pouring yourself a big glass of milk, and digging, I mean DUNKING in!!!!!