Nothing Fancy - White Chocolate Craisin Oatmeal Cookies
Boy was that a mouth full. Funny enough I wanted to make the name even longer. I wanted to add maple spice in there somewhere. Just so everyone knows it's in there too. So if I had it my way these cookies would be called White Chocolate Craisin Maple Spice Oatmeal Cookies, or at least something a long those lines. You get the picture. I was trying to plan out the blog calendar and it hit me. I had some leftover craisins and I had left over white chocolate chips. That meant I had a cookie in the works.
I have a love hate relationship with oatmeal cookies. I love certain oatmeal cookies and I hate others. Simple as that. I like my cookie to have some crispy bits, some chewy bits, and lots of moistness (Geez I hate that word but there was no better way to describe what I want in this cookie). I won't eat a grocery store packaged oatmeal cookie, not because Im a snob because I love me some store bought cookies. I just don't think any brand as really got it going on. For me the oatmeal cookie has been hard to achieve. There was a recipe I had spent months perfecting that was amazing. Everyone loved it even cookie haters agreed it was an amazing cookie. I had written it down and everything. Then I took a trip to San Francisco and when I came back the entire notebook was gone. I was devastated. You might think that was a hyperbole but I had found a way to make an amazing cookie with a little butter and fat free yogurt and two years later I still haven't remembered the perfect ratio. I still kick myself when I think about it. Every now and again I try again and when the batch fails I get angry throw every cookie away and get discouraged for a few more months.
Today's cookie recipe was a two trial attempt. I didn't quit and Im so happy that I didn't. Do any of you have those days where a recipe doesn't work out and you just quit? Because that happens more than I care to admit. I refuse to share recipes that don't work over and over again. No one hit wonders here. For this recipe feel free to mix up the dried fruits here. Be creative dried blueberries also tasted amazing with this recipe. I was thinking dried raspberries, are there such a thing? Note to self check that out.
Oatmeal Craisin White Chocolate Cookies
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
2 cups of old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 egg plus 1 yolk
1 tablespoon of high grade maple syrup
¾ cup of salted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 oz white chocolate chips
1 cup craisins
¾ granulated sugar
¼ packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Makes 2 dozen cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place eggs, maple syrup, vanilla in small metal or glass bowl and whisk till combined. Stir in craisins. Get a larger bowl and fill with really warm water and place smaller bowl inside, careful to not get water into egg mixture. Let sit for 10 minutes.
4. In another smaller bowl mix flour, oats, pie spice, cinnamon, baking soda. Set aside.
5. Add egg mixture into butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Then add in oat mixture and mix till completely combined. It should be slightly sticky. Finally fold in white chocolate chips.
6. On a parchment lined cookie sheet, using a 2” scoop place cookie dough evenly spaced in two rows of 6. These cookies are big and need a little room.
7. Bake for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will look slightly undone on top but browned on the edges. Pull from the oven let rest for a moment on the warm cookie sheet then move the cookies to a cooling race. They will really firm up but leave a nice soft chewy center.