White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
I have had the best store bought oatmeal cookies ever and they come from the bakery at BJ's Whole Sale Market.
I know right?! Who would've thought? Well, our BJ's Bakery in Berkshire County is fantastic, but I can't speak for all of them. If their recipe for oatmeal raisin is the same in all their stores, then OMG. Go try them. I like them, because I don't really like sweets and oatmeal raisin has a more earthy taste. Ironically our kids like them too, which I truly believe is because they don't realize there's dried fruit in there, but it'll take any healthy alternative I can get!
I was cleaning out my pantry during a new year cleaning spree, and I came across white chocolate and crainsins in my baking basket that I rarely touch. I generally just see things in the grocery store that I think will be great in a recipe and then never have time to bake any of it. BUT with our newly at-home-all-the-time-lifestyle I decided to scrape the bottoms of pantry to utilize all of the ingredients I never think to use. Mostly baking.
I found in there a batch of pre-made oatmeal cookie mix, and I thought why not try dried cranberry raisins and white chocolate? Well people, it was so gosh darn good I decided I was going to make these cookies from scratch, scratch.
I have never made cookies from scratch, so I had to do some research about what exactly I needed and how to make the cookie dough all on my own. After picking my favorite ingredients from each recipe I read and basic cookie dough making instructions I narrowed it down and gathered all the things. Lots of mixing, adding craisins and white chocolate, scooping and there I had the ultimate oatmeal cookie, awaiting a baking sheet and a hot oven.
These little devils cook QUICKLY and 7 minutes may not be that quick to a seasoned baker but to someone who generally makes dishes full of pasta, dairy and garlic, that was fast. I learned that they might look a little underdone, but like protein they cook more once they are taken out of the oven. Leaving them to cook in the room temperature air will give that warm gooey center that you want when you take a bite out of a fresh cookie.
The combination of oatmeal cookie + warm craisins + melted white chocolate is basically life. If you are an oatmeal cookie hater AND IT'S ONLY BECAUSE YOU HATE RAISINS do not skip these cookies. If you also hate craisins, just use the white chocolate because the FLAVOR is so effing yum. Or skip everything and just eat oatmeal cookies.
But my kids liked these.
I miss Target.
old fashion oats
1. Begin by mixing granulate sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl
2. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract
3. Next, the butter, make sure this mixes thoroughly
4. I chose to premix the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder, it isn't needed but it makes me feel better (LOL) add those ingredients in and continue mixing
5. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
6. Mix in the craisins and white chocolate
7. Lay parchment paper down on a baking sheet
8. Use a cookie scoop if you have it, otherwise use an ice cream scoop not completely filled with dough
9. Scoop the dough onto the baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes
10. Use your judgement but base it on a 7 minute time frame. I use a convection oven so I know that goes faster, but you want to see the browning of the edges and the center beginning to do the same
11. Use a baking rack, lay the cookies into a let them cool enough to eat them without turning your tongue and roof of your mouth into sand paper, you're gonna want to taste these ;)