I’m most definitely a sucker for a good oatmeal cookie and am always on the search for an awesome recipe, and I think I hit the nail on the head with this simple, but delicious version found on Simply Recipes.
I thought I’d take advantage of my extra day off this week due to Martin Luther King Day by whipping some of these up. The day before, I attended an event at the Apollo up in Harlem called Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas, that highlighted some of the many issues still plaguing people of color in the United States and beyond.
It was truly an eye-opening, inspirational event that encouraged us to not forget Dr. King’s message of spreading love and tolerance of all people and that we must continue being proactive in the fight for equality because despite how far we have come, we are still unfortunately not at the place where we should be. But as Dr. King once stated, “The time is always right to do what’s right” and I believe, or at least hope, for a future in which people are no longer judged by the color of their skin. Being that the Apollo was also the first theater in Harlem to desegregate audiences, I also couldn’t think of a more fitting venue for something such as this.
So the next time you’re thinking of a way to show someone how much you love them, make a batch of these delightful little cookies. The original recipe called for just raisins, but I wanted to mix things up just a bit and instead added white chocolate chips and cranberries. If you’re not the biggest white chocolate fan (or think it’s too sweet, as my best friend always tells me), try dark chocolate and dried cherries or anything you’d like!
Everyone who tried these really loved them, which is one of the biggest compliments you can get. Of course I can always think of a few changes I’d make next time, but I couldn’t be happier with how these ultimately turned out and I’m sure you will be too!
I’m also so happy to bring these over to Fiesta Friday #103, a weekly food party bringing together some of the best cooks (and people) around. So please join us, if you will.
Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe Adapted from Simply Recipes
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1 cup of brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups of oats (I used quick cooking)
- 1 cup of white chocolate chips
- 1 cup of dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
- In the bowl of a mixer (or just a large bowl if you’re using a hand mixer) add the softened butter and sugar and cream until smooth.
- Add each egg one at a time until just mixed in.
- Add the vanilla and set aside.
- In another bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet, making sure not to over mix.
- One cup at a time, fold the oats into the mixture.
- Add the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
- Scoop out equal-sized balls of cookie dough (I used a cookie scoop) onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for no more than 10 minutes (don’t over bake!!)
- Remove from oven and allow to sit on baking sheet for about a minute to allow the cookies to settle before placing cookies on cooling rack.
- Enjoy with a nice cold glass of milk!