Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cranberry Bliss Cookies

    So, if you are a regular Starbucks fan (as I am) then you know that with the holiday season comes not only Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but also the amazing delectable Cranberry Bliss Bars. Mhmm those things are what I live for around this time of year! Well that, and the snow, which never seems to want to fall where I live. Bummer!! At least the weather is cold enough to sit by the fire and drink Hot Chocolate!

   Also, this time of year is when my Culinary Class starts selling cookbooks. And this year they are completely new design with new recipes that have been collected from all culinary educated throughout the entire United States. One of the books is about entrees  appetizers, with a few desserts; while the other one is all about the holidays and includes both baking and crafts in it. Flipping through both of the books, I finally found a recipe called "Cranberry Hollybrook" in the holidays cookbook. I have no idea what a hollybrook is, but after making and tasting these cookies, I realize it is just a Cranberry Bliss Bar disguised as a cookie! A bonus to these cookies is the holiday colors...as well as the wonderful smells that will fill your house!







First you get all your ingredients into a bowl. I already have the butter, egg, and vanilla beaten together underneath all that flour. You can see from here all the pretty colors! These colors make me want to put up the Christmas tree and have Santa come visit on a snowy night.




The dough should be well mixed and so that everything is well incorporated. You are not making muffins, so do not worry about over-mixing. Everything mixed together smells so delicious that is is hard not to just sit there and eat the dough!




Then...Plop! Onto a greased baking sheet these suckers go. They can either be rolled into little balls or plopped on by using a rounded teaspoon r Tablespoon. All depends on the preferred size of the cookies, but they will not be easily cut into shapes or rolled out. Bake for 8-10 minutes, and then they are done! Easy as that! Now there are incredibly amazing cookies sitting in front of you, and it might take all of one's willpower not to eat them all then and there!!





RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup Butter, soft
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
1 cup + 2 Tbsp Flour
1/2 cup Rolled Oats
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/3 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup cranberries, dried
1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Pecans, chopped (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet, or line using parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, beat the butter, egg, and vanilla until fluffy.
3. Add in remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
4. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Cool and enjoy!




Try this recipe? Tell me how it went below in the comments!