“SHARE OUR SIMILARITIES; CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES.” M. Scott Peck.
I was so thrilled to participate in THE GREAT FOOD BLOGGER COOKIE SWAP 2011! First of all, I have to give a huge thank you to Julie at The Little Kitchen and Lindsay at Love And Olive Oil for all of their efforts and hard work in making this happen. I can’t imagine what it took to pull off something of this magnitude. But I only hope it was as much fun for them as it was for us! I’m so happy to have been introduced to some fabulous new blogs and some really great people! I can’t wait till next year! If you are interested in participating next year, you can sign up here.
It was equally exciting to visit the blogs of those I would be sending cookies to; and then again those that I received cookies from! Everyone writes with a different voice and style, but we are all brought together by our love for cookies! And now I have 6 more sources of inspiration!
I chose to make a chewy, cherry and white chocolate chunk oatmeal cookie. It is one of my favorites (it’s hard for me to resist any recipe that calls for a tablespoon of vanilla in it!). And my lighting wasn’t ideal so my cherries look more like raisins (which I love…but not in cookies!). So I took a close up. . . . .
Hmpf! Still looks like a raisin! Well you will love the combination of tart cherries and rich white chocolate, in this sweet, chewy oatmeal cookie. I think cranberries would work well, too! Read on for this recipe, and to see the close ups of the cookies I received!
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Yields: approximately 60 cookies
Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies:
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 cup of quick cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of light brown sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
- 12 oz of white chocolate, coarsely chopped (plus extra for garnishing)
- 1 cup of dried cherries (plus extra for garnishing)
Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of your electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add your whole egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Mix well and then scrape down the sides of the bowl once again. Add the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until everything is well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the chocolate and cherries. The mixture will be quite thick.
Drop the dough by heaping teaspoons onto the prepared cookie sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Transfer the baking sheets to the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are beginning to brown. Cool on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Because I knew that I would be sending these out and photographing them, I chopped my white chocolate bars into little square chunks and chopped a little extra. I used these extra squares of chocolate along with some extra cherries to stud the tops of the cookies before baking. I think this makes for a nicer presentation than just having the ingredients all mixed in with the hope that a few will poke out of the surface! Enjoy!
Now, take a look at the beautiful cookies that I was so lucky to receive!!!
This beautiful Raspberry Almond Rugelah came to me from Alyssa at Karma Cucina.
It is hands down the BEST rugelah I have ever tasted in my life! Sweet, tender and beautifully spiced. Alyssa….you have truly inspired me to try this for myself! Though I am certain it will pale in comparison!
Thank you, Alyssa for such a wonderful treat!
Next, I received these AWESOME Salted Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Madeline at Thursday Night Baking!
When I opened the box, I smiled before I even saw the cookies because of the warm, spicy scents that were wafting up at me. They were delicious and such a great blend of sweet and salty.
Thanks Madeline…for sharing such a special cookie!
And last, but not least, I was lucky enough to receive these beauties from Denise at Addicted to Recipes. These are Gingerbread Snickerdoodles!
I love Snickerdoodles! And I love Gingerbread! I never thought to put these flavors together before! But Denise did a wonderful job of balancing the cinnamon and ginger. Perfection on a plate! I don’t care what the season, I will never make my Snickerdoodles “plain” ever again!
Thank you Denise for introducing me to a new and improved Snickerdoodle!
I am looking forward to visiting their sites again to get the recipes for all of these fabulous cookies! I hope you will visit them too. And I had the pleasure of sending my cookies to Becoming Bianca, Life of a Bama Girl, and Mother Thyme. All of these ladies have fabulous blogs, so please check them out!
Thanks again….to everyone involved…..for such a wonderful experience!