Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even though I work from home, snow days still have that same cozy, hibernation-type feel that they did when I was a kid. On typical days I get up, get showered, get dressed and head to my home office. On snow days I still get up and get showered, but I throw on my comfiest fleece sweatpants and my favorite hoodie sweatshirt, knowing that there’s no chance I’m heading out. All warm and cozy, it’s only a matter of time before I get the urge to head into the kitchen and bake. After all, what’s better than watching the snow fall from underneath your favorite blanket, with a mug of hot chocolate, and a fresh-baked cookie in hand?

These cookies definitely fit the bill when it comes to snow day baking. Chunky and hearty from generous amounts of oats, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips, they are slightly crispy on the outside and then give way to chewy softness inside. They are very reminiscent of the Cranberry-White Chocolate Biscotti that I make, which is a huge hit with everyone in my family.

The original recipe calls for pomegranates instead of dried cranberries, but snow days mean using what you have at home and not being able to go to the store. So, I improvised, but would also love to try these with a pomegranates.

Hope you’re all staying warm and dry if you got snow this week!

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Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:

1¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

½ cup light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup dried cranberries


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.


2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.


3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the oats, the white chocolate chips and the dried cranberries.


4. Roll dough into balls - about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie - and place on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten the tops slightly with your fingers. Bake until cookies turn slightly golden about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


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(Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod)


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