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Monday, June 15, 2009

rainy day cookies: cranberry, milk chocolate chips and toasted walnuts

I am probably one of the few people around who is still loving the rain - the kale is growing like crazy, and so are the sugar snap peas. But it does put a damper on outside activities - like walking with my granddaughter, Izzie. So when our visiting day came around and it was still raining, I was prepared with a plateful of these homemade, deliciously lumpy cookies. After the rumpus and wild rides on a beach towel around the house, after her cheese and grapes, she nibbled her cookies in a flash and shot me a huge smile. A highly qualified thumbs up from a picky 3 year old.
To make about two dozen medium cookies:
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cover baking sheets with fresh foil.
Get out an 1 1/2" ice cream scoop for dough.
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups King Arthur flour
1/2 t. baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted briefly in a toaster oven.
In a mixer bowl, cream butter and sugars.
Add egg and mix well.
Add vanilla and mix again.
Add flour and baking soda and salt and mix.
Add walnuts, cranberries, and milk chocolate chips and mix briefly.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto baking sheet. You can usually fit a dozen on a sheet with no problem.
Bake a sheet at a time in upper middle of oven for 15 minutes.
Remove to cooling rack and slide the other sheet into oven.
Bake second sheet for 15 minutes and remove to cool.
Enjoy the rain!


Maria said...

Oh yum! Looks like a perfect cookie for any day!

katrina said...

Thanks, Maria! It's a keeper, especially because it's a little more interesting than plain old chocolate chip cookies - and Mom-approved ( I think) because of the cranberries and walnuts. My daughter discovered the leftovers while we were on the phone together & was cooing "Oooooo, toasted walnuts & cranberries? Gotta hide these."

Chef Fresco said...

Mmm very delicious looking recipe! i love the addition of tasted walnuts and cranberry!

lisaiscooking said...

I wish we could have just one rainy day here! Your cookies look delicious, and the cranberries and walnuts sound like great additions.

katrina said...

Thank you, Chef Fresco! I agree - toasted walnuts really add flavor to these cookies - glad you enjoyed!

katrina said...

Have no idea where you are lisa, but here in NH, it's been rainy and cool with a sunny day every once in a while - which is perfect weather for cooking almost everything! ( except meringues )...
Delighted you enjoyed these tangy cranberry cookies - thanks!

Barb said...

Hmmm - which is sweeter??? your cookies or your granddaughter????? (I'm sure I know the correct answer, and those cookies look pretty good too!) I gotta try cranberries in my choc. chip cookies too.

Thanks for a great idea.

katrina said...

Hi Barb!
Oh, you DO know my answer! That picture was taken right after not one, but two dance performances - and no melt down, either!
I think I do like these cookies more than the usual cchip - more interesting, I suppose....thanks for stopping by!

OysterCulture said...

I'm assuming that picture is of your granddaughter and she is a cutie. Truth be told, I love the rain, I find it very relaxing. Your cookies sound delicious and as we just ran out of the last batch I made, I will have to give them a go.

katrina said...

Glad you liked, oyster! I'm a native Cape Codder, so I love the rain! Pyjamas, pillows, and a good book + gentle drizzle of rain sound great to me....