Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie edition – 2012
These fabulous cookies are filled with amazing taste in every bite–cranberries and vanilla chips or white chocolate chips fill the air of your home with a delicate fragrance–and the tartness of the cranberries with the sweetness of the vanilla chips provide a wonderful combination of excellent flavors. These festive holiday cookies are amazing.
These delicious treats are ones we make almost every year for Christmas cookie baking. I normally use vanilla chips instead of white chocolate chips, but both work excellently. This cookie is very rich, with wonderful flavors and texture. The craisins and oatmeal make it a rather hearty cookie and one your family will enjoy as much as all the people on our Christmas cookie baking list each year!
This recipe makes a batch of about 4 dozen cookies using a golf ball as a measure of the size your dough balls before baking. As I’ve stated in earlier posts we almost always roll dough into balls before baking rather than merely dropping by tablespoonfuls so we get a more uniform shape and not kooky-looking and odd-shaped cookies.
Remember to avoid all purpose BLEACHED flour when baking as it will toughen your cookies. Use UNBLEACHED flour instead. I always cook with butter, not margarine, for a superior taste. And most of the time when I measure out baking powder or soda I almost always use a heaping teaspoonful instead of a scant teaspoonful.
I received this recipe from Donna Gipson when I worked at Dallas Baptist University during the early 2000s trying to put my kids through college. I doubt that Donna created this recipe, and I have no idea where the original recipe came from. They sure are a treat, though. Unless someone informs me differently, Donna gets credit for the recipe.
Here are Vanilla Chip and Cranberry Cookies fresh out of the oven.
These festive Christmas cookies are great for holiday entertaining. Your guests will love them.
They are beautiful enough to wrap up as gifts, too.
Here’s a picture of a couple of these tasty treats.
Take a bucket of these to your office staff and they will be very happy with a sugar high all day!
These amazing cookies rock! Your family and company will love them!
This is another view of them.
Here’s what I did.
Cream the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla with a mixer.
I like to mix in the salt, baking powder and baking soda with the mixer so that all the leavening agents get thoroughly mixed into the cookie dough.
Then I stir in the flour, oatmeal, craisins and vanilla chips (or white chocolate chips–whatever you’re using).
I found it a little easier to roll these cookies if I kept sprinkling a little bit of flour on my hands while rolling.
Form into golf-ball sized balls and bake. The recipe says to bake these 10-12 minutes. I think I baked them about 15-16 minutes before they were done.
Here’s a pan just out of the oven.
Yum, yum! These are calling my name!
These are calling your name!
Here’s a plate for our neighbors.
Here’s a close up so you can view the texture.
Here’s a mound of them to pass out to friends.
Here’s the recipe.
WHITE CHOCOLATE AND CRANBERRY COOKIES
(Recipe given to me by Donna Gipson, when we both worked at Dallas Baptist University)
1 cup butter softened,
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ cups rolled oats
2 cups white chocolate chips (I use vanilla chips instead)
1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugars until smooth. Stir in eggs and vanilla, then flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well, stir in oats, white chocolate chips and cranberries. Roll into balls and drop onto lightly sprayed cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 5 ½ dozen cookies.
They fit well in cookie tins if you want to ship them to friends or family.
Here’s another close up of this fabulous cookie so you can see the texture and detail.
We are wrapping up our cookies to give to volunteers in a prison ministry in East Texas. (The prison system in Texas won’t allow me to donate cookies unless they have been prepared in a state-run kitchen). :-(
Take your pick: which one do you want to sample?
The finished product. Yum, yum!
You may also enjoy these holiday cookies:
Orange Creamsicle Cookies
- Our Favorite Cookie In A Jar Recipes (makeabirthdaywish.wordpress.com)
- Tis the Season for Cranberry Bliss Bars (donachyblog.wordpress.com)
- [recipe] cranberry white chocolate chip pumpkin pudding cookies (sweetbetweens.com)
- White Chocolate Brownies Recipe (planetsnazzy.com)