Thursday, March 5, 2015

End-of-Winter Cookies

Though it's not any warmer here, there is a hint of change in the air. Sunshine has been shrinking the snow cover, temps are forecast to hit 40+ degrees in a few days, and Mr. M is overhauling Iris (my vintage road bike) in readiness for a new cycling season. He's been putting in so many hours on this labour of love, the least I could do was bake him some cookies.

At the tail end of winter, we still have bags of oranges on the counter and bags of cranberries in the freezer (not to mention the bags of chocolate chips that populate the cupboard year-round). I like to combine all three flavours in a hearty oatmeal cookie that bakes up moist and deliciously studded with bright bits of tart cranberry and rich semi-sweet chocolate. Plenty of oats and whole wheat flour lend an illusion of healthfulness, but don't kid yourself: real butter and honest sugar make this a cookie that is a cookie.

Cranberry-Orange-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies - makes 5 dozen

Set oven to 350┬║. In bowl, cream:
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar (or you can use all brown sugar, as I did)
3/4 cup (6 oz) butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat until fluffy. Add:
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pie and pastry flour if you have it)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Mix until combined, then stir in:
2½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
Zest of 1/2 navel orange or 1 clementine
1 cup cranberries, chopped (berries may be fresh or frozen; if frozen, thaw briefly before chopping)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Dough may seem a bit dry, but don't worry - the cranberries will release moisture during baking. Drop by generous teaspoonsful, 2" apart, onto cookie sheets covered with parchment or non-stick baking mat.
Bake 12 minutes, then remove from oven (cookies will look uncooked in the center). Let cookies stand 5 minutes in pan, then remove with spatula and cool completely. Store in an airtight container; cookies may also be frozen.

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What's your favourite cookie recipe? (Feel free to write it out or include a link in your comment....)


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  1. Oh YUM! Love cranberry and orange together. If I wasn't watching my carbs. I would be all over this cookie!

  2. Those look delish.. we had rice krispie treats with peanut butter chips today.. nummers. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. They look scrumptious, orange, cranberry and dark chocolate are some of my very favourite flavours. Good to hear your bike will be back out soon, I'm looking forward to going for rides before long too. CJ xx

  4. These look really yummy Sue, thank you for the recipe, I have all those ingredients I must give them a try but not for me of course :) xx

  5. What lovely sounding cookies to make with ingredients that are available at this time of the year. Spring will surely come quicker because of these little end of winter pleasures!

  6. Well those look absolutely delicious. Can you ship some here?


  7. Yum! Oh I love cranberries in cookies! :) Hope you are having a most lovely day sweet friend.

  8. Sounds delicious. I must try making some when I'm a bit better! Joan

  9. Im on weight watchers right now. I LOVE sugar cookies. I love gluten free peanut butter cookies and I'm not even gluten free

  10. Yum!! Those look fantastic, I have to make them asap. Thanks for the recipe! I have never met a cookie I didn't like!

  11. Yum! Combine one cup chunky peanut butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, one egg, chocolate chips. Turn oven on to 350 degrees. Scoop cookies onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 9 minutes. Let them set for a bit then finish cooling them on a rack. [Simply delicious :-) ] Hoping our early Spring finds its way to you soon, Sue.

  12. Oh, do those sound and look yummy! I've been making some plain old sugarless oatmeal chocolate chip cookies; I may have to follow your lead and spice them up just a bit!

  13. Those look awful tasty!

    Way to go Mr. M! I can't think of a better winter project than a bike overhaul.

    I'm partial to chocolate chip, snicker doodle and oatmeal raisin. The truth of the matter is, I like 'em all, pure and simple!

  14. Mmm, yummy! If I get a chance, I may really make these. I love orange and cranberry! A few mornings ago I smelled spring in the air. Then yesterday morning it snowed (a little). But I'm not fooled, spring is lurking around. The forsythia, as usual, knows too.

  15. Those cookies look and sound delish. I am afraid that I never met a cookie I didn't like so no favorites. ;)

  16. These sound delicious - I don't find it easy to get hold of 'proper' cranberries over here. Sadly, I think I can only buy dried ones (with lots of added sugar). Chocolate chips are a year-round feature in my cupboards too! Juliex

  17. These look scrumptious! My favorites are still the ones I loved as a child - little sugar cookie sandwiches with a bit of jam in between. I love how even a little jam can leave you feeling sticky and happy.

  18. Hoping to get a little catching up here. These look absolutely delish, and I can just about smell the heavenly aroma.
    Thanks so much for the recipe.


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