Who doesn’t love cookies during December? There are so many endless options from gingerbread, snickerdoodle, sugar cookie, and what I would say is the most popular, a classic chocolate chip cookie. Here’s a fun fact about me. I actually don’t like chocolate chip cookies that much, but I’ll still try them time to time from bakeries…but I won’t payticularly finish one. Nothing personal, they’re just not my favorite cookies, and I prefer oatmeal raisin over chocolate chip any day.
So a few years back, my parents threw a Christmas party at our house and since I love to bake I created a whole table full of baked goods and that day I experimented with the original oatmeal raisin by creating my cranberry, white chocolate, and orange cookies. But one of my biggest things is trying out a recipe before I actually serve it to people at a party. So I’ll usually bake that item at home first, and then make my family members try it before I share it with others. However, these were a big hit. After that day, I have always made them for the holidays and I’ve already made a batch this year for my Thanksgiving party at work. And it’s safe to say, my coworkers also enjoyed them. So that’s when I thought, why not let all of you enjoy this cookie recipe as well.
Baking time: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. (Also, line the cookie pans w/ parchment paper for easy clean up)
3 Cups Rolled Oats
1 3/4 Cups All Purpose flour
2 Room Temperature Eggs
1 Cup Softened Room Temperature Unsalted Butter
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Orange Zest
1/2 Teaspoon Or Less Orange Juice
1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Dried Sweetened Cranberries
I would like to say that I didn’t show everything, nor are all of the ingredients measured out in my pictures because I just wanted to give you guys a gist of the main ingredients that make these cookies so special.
Step 1: Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl: Flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Note: I sifted all of my dry ingredients to make sure I had no clumps. Then, just let that sit while you move on to wet ingredients.
Step 2: Beat the softened butter until it is smooth for about 1 minute. Also, I use a standing mixer, but if you don’t have one of those, a hand held mixer will work just fine. After the butter is smooth, add in the brown sugar and granulated sugar. And on medium speed, beat for 3 minutes. (I also sifted both of the sugars to again, make sure I had no clumps)
Step 3: Now add the eggs and vanilla into the butter and sugar. On medium speed, beat until everything is almost combined. I say almost because now I add the orange zest + juice and THEN, I fully combine everything.
Step 4: Now I add the dry ingredients and fully combine on low speed, and I always make sure to use a spatula to clean the sides of my mixing bowl and not leave anything behind.
Step 5: So I break this down by adding the oats first and mixing on low speed for like 30 seconds or until fully combined. After I add in the white chocolate chips and cranberries, I use the standing mixer for about 10 seconds and then I just give it one last mix with my spatula so I don’t over mix the cookie dough.
Step 6: Now this part is not necessary if you are running low on time, but I always cover and put my cookie dough either in the refrigerator or freezer before I bake the cookies. I usually lean toward the refrigerator more often for this specific type of cookie, so I chilled them for about 30 minutes.
Step 7: After the dough is chilled, I scoop my cookies onto the parchment paper lined pan and bake them for 9-11 minutes. Again, everyone’s oven is different so you might have to experiment with the time. But the best way to tell if they’re fully baked is to see if the cookies are lightly browned at the sides and bottom like mine.
Step 8: Enjoy!
If you are anything like me and you love oatmeal raisin cookies(what I think is an unpopular opinion), then I would highly recommend trying these out for your next holiday party. I think it puts a nice spin on regular oatmeal raisin cookies plus, there’s chocolate in them so I’m sure they will be a party pleaser. Or you can enjoy them while watching your favorite Christmas movie with a nice glass of milk.
Thanks for baking with me:)