Nothing surpasses a delicious cookie, save perhaps a delicious cup of tea. After a week of business travel (and some decent, albeit restuarant prepared, food), I’m back to the kitchen. I know, I’ve deserted my post for long enough to be considered AWOL, but I promise that I’m back. At least until the holiday season kicks off. Today I decided on this tasty, oatmeal, cranberry, and chocolate packed cookie. The perfect snack at the office or with a glass of milk. Even tasty with coffee in the morning. The cookies are made with brown sugar, baking to a beautiful caramel color when done. Don’t let the longer ingredient list intimate you…this is a simple, no-fuss drop cookie*.
Cranberry, Oatmeal, and Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/3 Cup and 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/3 Cup and 1 Tablespoon whole-wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats (add an extra 1/2 cup for a denser cookie)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (make with light brown for a lighter colored cookie)
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange peel
1 large egg, lighten beaten before added to the dough
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, or chocolate coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, leveling with a knife. Whisk together flours, oats, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Use low heat. Stir in brown sugar until smooth. Add this sugar butter mixture to the dry flour mixture and beat with a mixer until well blended.
Add cranberries, vanilla, orange peel, and egg. Beat with a mixer until combined. The dough should be somewhat sticky at this point. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Drop tablespoons of dough on the cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between cookies as the dough will expand. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to wire racks. This recipe makes about 20 cookies. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week or frozen 1 month.
*Drop cookies are my favorite kind of cookie to make. Little pre-work. Little mess. Little clean up. Yet, the end product is always delicious. Fancier cookies may make their way here during the December holidays…but don’t hold your breath!