Tuesday, December 11, 2012

orange oatmeal cookies with cranberries and white chocolate


well these cookies sure are a mouthful!

i first saw these cookies at trader joe's, and thought it was an interesting flavor combination, perfect for Christmastime.  then i cursed myself for not coming up with it on my own, but realized-i could totally make these.  suck on that, trader joe's.

start by zesting an orange. set aside.

then sift together flour, baking powder, and salt

add your zest to a large mixing bowl with softened butter, white sugar, and brown sugar

beat until light and fluffy

add vanilla and eggs

beat well.  
at this stage, my roommate pointed out that the mixture looks like cat puke.  i hate cats so i don't know what their puke looks like, but i'll take his word for it.  enjoy that thought.

add flour mixture,  mix well
and to really get into the spirit, i highly reccommend a christmas spatula for your bowl scraping needs!

add quick oats

mix well.

finally, add the craisins and white chocolate chips

mix until thouroughly combined
the dough is pretty thick here so you'll have to turn the mixer up to really get it going

i used a small cookie scoop (2 tsp) to dish out my dough

drop on a lightly greased cookie sheet

bake at 350 for 11-15 min, until they start to turn golden on top
(these take exactly 11.5 minutes in my mother's oven, and exactly 15 minutes in my oven.  times will vary so watch them!)

orange oatmeal cookies with cranberries & white chocolate

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
zest of 1 orange (approx 2-3 tsp)
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder (not soda!)
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups quick oats
1 cup dried cranberries (aka Craisins!)
1 cup white chocolate chips

preheat oven to 350
cream butter, sugars, and orange zest in a large bowl until light and fluffy
add vanilla & eggs, mix well
in a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. add to creamed mixture, blending thoroughly.
add oats. mix well.
stir in craisins & white chocolate chips. mix well
use a small (2 tsp) cookie scoop to drop onto lightly greased cookie sheets.
bake for 11-15 minutes
cool on wire rack

...stuff your face. wash down with 2% milk.  superb.  enjoy.


  1. My Mom (and her mother before her and...) makes Cranberry Bread for Thanksgiving and Christmas. No white chocolate, but it does have the same Cranberry & Orange combination which works so well. I have been known to refer to Thanksgiving as Cranberry Bread Day. I may start making these as a way to tide me over between holidays.
    -Steven R.

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