in the kitchen


every year my sister and i attend a scrap retreat in our local mountains. not only is it a wonderful, wonderful time to spend with her...but we get to scrap to our hearts content, sleep when we want, and eat fabulous food. every time now the chef has served these fabulous cranberry chocolate chip cookies. and every year i have failed to get the recipe. but recently on the back of a craisins package i saw a recipe for oatmeal cranberry white chocolate chunk cookies.'s my take on them...

the original recipe calls only for butter. now trust me, i am a true butter lover. not usually a fan of shortening (save for pie crust), but i wanted these cookies to really stand up and have some height. so, i gave it a try.

i can always detect cinnamon in the cookies we have devoured at retreat. so that became an addition to this recipe. let's see how it goes.

i used white chocolate chips. thinking i would prefer chunks. but not living anywhere near a gourmet or higher end food shop, i just went for what the grocer offered. just thinking i would prefer a bigger bite of chocolate...i'm just sayin'.

the final result...yum-o! might need a smidge more cinnamon. and will also have to experiment with butter alone...they may be a little too high. but i'm really not complaining...really.

oatmeal cranberry white chocolate chunk cookies (ala moi)
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 6 ounce package craisins
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
oven:: 375
Beat butter, shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, mixing well.
Combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in seperate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in craisins and white chocolate chips.
Scoop onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

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