Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I”m always interested in trying out a new recipe when I bake. This morning was no exception when I was looking to use up a few ingredients that have been taking up room in the cupboard: white chocolate chips, dried cranberries & walnuts.

One of my favorite cookies to make (& eat) are Cranberry White Chocolate Chip & Cookies. So, this morning I thought I’d add a few more items and see how it turned out. The flavor in these cookies are amazing and I think part of that is due to the assembly. This is first time I”ve put together a cookie recipe that required me to melt all the butter and mix it with brown sugar and an egg. I also have found that the honey called for in this recipes adds flavor.

I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Here’s the Recipe:

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled until slightly warmed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purposed flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:Preheat oven to 350 degrees. By hand or mixer, blend together butter, brown sugar and honey. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, soda, salt and cinnamon; add to butter mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Place 1 1/2′ pieces of dough on ungreased cookie sheet, about 2″ apart and bake until edges are lightly browned and centers are still soft, about 12-15 minutes. Cool completely.

Bran Muffins

Breakfast is an important meal of the day – whether it’s cereal, toast, eggs or something else. Mornings when I’m in a rush I hardly remember to grab a granola bar and I find myself eating my other snacks during my morning coffee.

I decided to make these Bran Muffins for something different in my morning routine, especially as the mornings are still cold and I need the extra time to warm up the car!

Ingredients you will need:

  • 3 c. Bran cereal (I used Raisin Bran)
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 c. buttermilk*
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

  1. Pour boiling water over 1 cup bran cereal. Let stand.
  2. Mix 2 cups remaining bran cereal, sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and oil together.
  3. Sift flour, baking soda & salt.
  4. Combine all mixtures and stir.
  5. Add dates, nuts and raisins (if desired).
  6. Mix together desired amount cinnamon & sugar.
  7. Place muffin mix in pans and sprinkle cinnamon & sugar on top before baking.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

* I actually substituted the buttermilk for 1 cup milk + 1 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar per 1 cup buttermilk called for in recipe.