A couple weeks ago I posted my best holiday time saving tip [seriously, the best] and immediately received like 7 requests for the recipes of the cookies in the bags. 2 were already on the blog, my favorite chocolate chip cookies and peppermint white chocolate sugar cookies, and I promised the third recipe “next week.” Well next week turned into two weeks because its December and everything is crazy and nutso, but here it is. I hope it was worth the wait, and if you need just one more cookie on your holiday trays this Christmas, well this is it. And if you are tapped out on holiday baking already, here’s a hint, this cookie is pretty awesome any time of year.
These are actually a riff on my mom’s go-to oatmeal cookie recipe, which originally comes from Paula Deen. Now I know this was a rough year for Paula and people are riding both sides of the fence on her, but regardless of the situation, girl can make and oatmeal cookie. Real deal, baby.
Oatmeal cookies are pretty fabulous any time of year, but I thought it would be fun to make them a little bit more festive with the addition of dried cranberries and white chocolate chips for Christmas. The original recipe calls for quick oats, but I prefer to use old fashioned for extra chewiness. The brown sugary, buttery dough is perfectly balanced by the hearty [healthy?] oats. Toss in some dried fruit and sweet morasles, and we’ve got ourselves a party in cookie form.
These were on the sweets table at that giant Christmas party that Roommate and I threw two weekend ago, and our friend’s pregnant wife couldn’t get enough of them. She loved them so much so that Roommate just sent the extras home in a bag with her. [Husband: we don’t need any more cookies. Pregnant Wife: YES we do. Guess who won that one?] Seriously… preggo girls know what’s up when it comes to Christmas cookies, so if the photos don’t sway you, that story should.
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temp
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
**recipe makes about 2 dozen.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar, beating for about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue beating the batter for 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl half way through. Mix in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter in two batches, mixing until fully incorporated each time. Mix in the oats completely, followed by the dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips.
Chill the dough for at least half an hour.
Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and place them two inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Paula Deen’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe [via my mom].
Just in case you haven’t OD’d on Christmas cookies yet…