Pistachio & Cranberry Cookies

You probably have figured out that I don’t bake that often, but when I do, I like to make something special.  I am not the best at following directions, which is why I tend to stick with cooking and winging my own thing.  I have been trying to bake a little bit more which has been so fun!  In trying to find the perfect recipe for the cookie swap last month, I stumbled upon this adorable semi-homemade recipe from one of my favorite blogs, The Girl Who Ate Everything.  I ended up choosing the Peppermint Pattie Cookies for the cookie swap, but still HAD to make these! Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Cherry-Berry Oatmeal Cookies

This Holiday Season, I participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!  The Cookie Swap is a seriously delicious Food Blogger’s version of Pen Pals.  I cooked up 3 dozen cookies, sent them out to 3 different food bloggers, and 3 other food bloggers sent me cookies!!

As if getting 3-dozen cookies isn’t reason enough to participate, the Cookie Swap raises money for the charity “Cookies for Kids’ Cancer” which OXO (the company that makes my absolute favorite coffee to-go mug ever btw) will match up to $100,000!  I loved hearing this so I was signed up right away!

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The cookies I baked up were based on this yummy Heart-Healthy recipe from Cooking Light.  The funny thing about baking these cookies were that I totally forgot I had to make THREE dozen for the swap, not TWO.  I baked JUST over 3 dozen, so instead of having a leftover 15-ish cookies… I only had 4!  I guess it was for the best though, because these cookies are really really good… I would have eaten too many 🙂

Dark Chocolate Cherry-Berry Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup) 
  • 1.5 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup) 
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten 
  • 1/2 bag dark chocolate chips
  • cooking spray 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spoon flours into dry measuring cups and level. Combine flours and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; add brown sugar, stirring until smooth. It will completely combine well with only a small layer of melted butter ontop.  
  4. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Add cherries and cranberries, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips. Drop dough by Tablespoonfulls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silpat.
  6. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm. Remove cookies from pans; cool on wire racks.
Whisk your dry ingredients to mix the flours and the oats together

Whisk your dry ingredients to mix the flours and the oats together

I loved the combination of the sweet cherries and the sour cranberries with dark chocolate

I loved the combination of the sweet cherries and the sour cranberries with dark chocolate

You can see how crumbly these are!

You can see how crumbly these are!

Stelly is a kitchen pup!  She waited patiently with me while the cookies baked in the oven.

Stelly is a kitchen pup! She waited patiently with me while the cookies baked in the oven.

Yummmmm!  I LOVE my Silpat.  If you don't have any, pick two sheets up ASAP!  Nothing sticks to them.  The best.

Yummmmm! I LOVE my Silpat. If you don’t have any, pick two sheets up ASAP! Nothing sticks to them. The best.

A few notes I have to share with you… these cookies might be on the healthier side, but they are REALLY tasty!  I found the batter to be very crumbly, to the point where I had trouble at times making the cookies into scoops to drop.  I was worried they would fall apart, but they DO NOT.  So, it’s okay if yours turn out a little crumbly!  Also, I did try a few cookies where I rolled them into a ball (when they were super-fally-aparty) and they did not turn out as pretty as the drop.

I will certainly whip these up again, next time making more leftovers for us 🙂

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

The cookies I received for the swap were so yummy!  I wanted to give these awesome bloggers a little shout-out because their cookies really made my day.

I would have loved to say I had a picture of these really interesting Vanilla Cardamom Cookies but between myself and all of our moving crew/family ate them all!  They were so good!  I never would have thought to put Cardamom (do I even have Cardamom??  Probably  not!) into crisp vanilla cookies, but I’m glad Molly did!  You can find more of her recipes and blog posts on Bytes and Bites.  Good luck on your finals, Molly!

White Chocolate Chunkies were from Katheryn @ The Baker’s Sheet.  How cute is her blog name?  She has plenty of other recipes on her blog that I’m dying to try (especially those Pumpkin Bars!)

*Unfortunately (or luckily for my diet, I can’t decide which), I only received two of my three batches of cookies for the swap so far! *

Cranberry Sauce (Donny Style)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

It’s probably no surprise that this is one of my favorite holidays.

I wanted to share one of the recipes Donny gave me during our Friendsgiving Celebration last week… it is the easiest recipe ever!  Seriously, anyone can do it.  This Cranberry Sauce tastes absolutely amazing and will beat the giggly stuff with the can marks ANYDAY!

Are you ready for the ingredients??

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You’ll need TWO cans… only one pictured

Yup… that’s IT.  You’ll need 2 cans of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce, 1 bag of Frozen Raspberries, and 1 packet of Red Jello (we chose Raspberry).  

Directions:

Open the can of Cranberry Sauce and plop (I was going to say pour, but it’s definitely a plop) the entire thing into a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir in the frozen raspberries.  Stir often but not constantly until the raspberries are thawed.  Finally, add the jello packet and stir until dissolved.  Put into a tupperware container and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.  That’s ALL!

This cranberry sauce was a hit at our Friendsgiving.  It seriously is so good.  I’m going to make it again later on in the year… who needs Thanksgiving to eat cranberry sauce?  Not this girl!

I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving & Black Friday Shopping!  I will be back next with a recipe for Donny’s unbelievable Stuffing that I’ll be cooking up for my family’s dinner… get excited.

Friendsgiving

This weekend marked our FIRST appearance at Donny’s annual “Friendsgiving (formally known as Pre-Thanksgiving)” dinner and celebration.  Friendsgiving is a potluck dinner where everyone signed up to bring a different Thanksgiving themed dish or dessert.  All the perks of a Thanksgiving dinner without all the family drama… what a great idea, right?

Donny had Dave and I over all weekend and we got to help him prepare his dishes, have his help with the mashed potatoes I signed up to bring, and the best part of course was our trip to the Farmers Market in Baltimore and our 4-mile walk around the Harbor.

Donny is amaaaaaaaaaazing at cooking, and I had the best time ever learning from him and getting to use all of his fancy kitchen tools- including an infrared thermometer which is just about the most fun thing ever.

We got to try so many recipes… Turkey, Stuffing, Sweet Potato & Apple Soup, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Brussels Sprouts, Pies, Cookies, Cupcakes, and SOOOO MUCH MORE!  Check it out:

Sat night dinner… leftovers from Donny’s DELICIOUS Cassoulet… amazing

Retro Potato Ricer… so much fun… sooo messy!

Super yummy and easy recipe for Cranberry Sauce from Donny’s family

Our Mashed Potato-Butternut Squash Swirl w/ Sage Butter

Working hard!

So much yummy produce at the Farmers Market

Where else would you split a Falafel at 8:30am?!

The stuffing went so fast!

 

Heidi and Donny carving the turkey

What a spread!! (and that’s only half of it!!)

 

MMMM!!!

What are you making for your family’s Thanksgiving this year?