Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Hey There! It's been a while.  Hope you had a fantastic Christmas, if you're into that kind of thing.  That's where I've been, having a fantastic Christmas and not here giving you recipes.  Time away from work and time away from the just above average 4-3-2  Chicago Jets hockey team was delightfully replaced with time amongst friends, time spent with family, and time spent with new family.  I won't leave you hanging till 2012 though.  These cookies are super tasty and very easy, I am not sure why I don't bake stuff like this more often when it is this simple.  Maybe I will be with my sweet new Silpat baking sheet.  And plenty of other culinary treasures, Santa sure was nice this year. 

Just in time to finish off your dessert tray for the NYE party.  Or take some to work and share with people you might not like but have to spend most of your waking life with.  I like a couple for breakfast with a hot beverage.  Enjoy them however you wish, and happy new year!  2011 was full of action, and 2012 might welcome in much more. 

Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
makes about 15-20 cookies? I didn't count them, just kept eating them...

2 sticks butter at room temp
2 large eggs at room temp
1 C dark brown sugar
1 C white sugar
2 ts vanilla extract, homemade preferred
1 ts cinnamon, the good stuff
1 ts baking powder
1 ts kosher salt
1.5 C AP flour
3.5 C oats
1 C craisins
1.5 C roughly chopped pecans, toasted

In a dry skillet over low heat, toast the pecans, shaking the pan often. 

Fire up the hotbox to 350F.

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt. 

In the bowl of your stand mixer that is equipped with the mixing blade, add the butter and sugar.  Start on low for a half minute, then gradually increase to medium speed and go at it until light and fluffy, a couple minutes should do it. Add the vanilla and one egg, mix that in and then add the other egg, mix until just combined.  Stop to scrape down the bowl if you need to.  Add in the dry ingredients while mixing on medium-low, once that is just combined add the oats, nuts, and craisins gradually so everything is distributed evenly. 

Line a large sheet pan with parchment or use a silicone baking sheet, here's one to buy if you don't have one.  With a spoon, scoop out about 1.5 TB of cookie dough and place on the sheet pan, you want at least 1" between cookies.  Flatten slightly into discs.  They will take about 12-15 minutes, depending on the size.  If your oven is not even rotate your sheet halfway through, bake until lightly golden brown and all delicious smelling.  Cool on a rack for as long as you can handle before eating.

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