Monday, January 9, 2012

Chewy Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

You really learn to appreciate the little things in life the minute they're taken away from you.


I'm not talking about a new iPod, tablet, LCD tv, diamond ring, or touch screen cell phone.

I'm talking about sleeping in on a rainy morning, hearing your favourite song at the perfect moment, a drink of ice cold water on a hot day, the sound of someone you love calling your name, a familiar smell, putting on a pair of pants straight from the dryer, or biting into a big juicy hamburger on a Summer's afternoon.

Yeah, I miss that - I miss biting into things. Sounds funny, but I'm not kidding one bit.

I'd love more for my Nonno Sam to look at me and say "Hi Beautiful!" one more time, but biting comes in at a close second. Remember Nonno Sam? He's the cutest man in heaven.

Hold on. Let me back things up for you.....I rang in the New Year a little differently this time around. I decided to be brave and show 2012 what I'm made of! I didn't fight a bull or tackle a black bear, but I decided to go forward with a dental procedure called a gum graft. It involves cutting, stitching, swollen gums and my two front bottom teeth. Apparently my braces from when I was younger moved my teeth to new places where there's not enough bone strength to support them, so this procedure serves to reinforce those teeth.

In a nut shell, I am summoned to mostly soft foods for the rest of the week and no biting with my front teeth for at least a month.



Oh, I miss biting! The sensation of sinking your teeth into an apple, a sandwich, a banana or a brownie - it's worth more than you'd think.

No solid food for a week? Talk about being brave! This is the hardest thing I've ever done. Pffft. Two Thousand and Twelve will be a breeze!


All I can think about is how much I want to chomp down on these oatmeal cookies studded with dark chocolate and dried cranberries, but instead I'm just staring at them with thoughts of chewiness running through my head. What was I thinking baking cookies the day before oral surgery? It's pure torture.

Because I can't bare to stare at them any longer, I'm leaving you with two photos. Two simple photos of a delicious batch of cookies. And, if I can't have them, at least you can.

When you take a bite into one of these gems, think of me and be grateful.

xox

Chewy Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Makes about 20 cookies

¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup old-fashioned large flake rolled oats
½ cup quick-cooking oats
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup best quality semisweet chocolate chips
¾ cup dried cranberries

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Stir in oats and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter with both sugars by hand using a wide rubber spatula until well blended and the mixture looks like wet sand. This will take 1 or 2 minutes. Stir in egg and vanilla extract until well incorporated. Add the flour mixture and stir it in gently until it is mostly incorporated but a few streaks of flour remain. Add chocolate chips and dried cranberries and fold them into the dough until evenly combined.

Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the dough in the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes. This step is important to let the oats hydrate and soften up a bit, and to promote even browning during baking.

Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Roll 1.5-oz portions of dough into balls and then flatten them to form round disks. Place them on prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly golden around the edges but still slightly gooey in the center (they will set as they cool), 10-12 minutes. Let cookies cool for 1 minute on the baking sheet. Transfer cookies individually to a wire rack to cool completely.
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14 comments:

  1. Good luck with the procedure. I would be eating those gorgeous cookies in micro bites at a time. I would find a way...I'm sure!

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  2. Gah, I know how that is. I had to have wisdom teeth hammered out of my jaw because they were growing underneath my other teeth, and it was a very soft food week after (and some bleeding on my keyboard I didn't even notice due to pain killers). You can do it! Reward yourself with a batch of cookies after <3

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  3. Poor you! I can just imagine how frustrating it must be... I ended up getting braces when I was 18, and I can still remember how painful it was to eat whenever my braces were tightened. Thankfully, that usually just meant mashed potatoes and ice cream for a couple of days before returning to normal, but even that was pure torture sometimes. A month sounds terrible!:P
    On the bright side, just think how wonderful those cookies will taste when you can finally bite and chew again! :)

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  4. Good luck with the healing. As someone who has bad teeth, I can totally identify with the missing biting things.

    On another note, I would happily gum these cookies :-D

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  5. Gah, these look so good! And I just made a resolution to bake less cookies in 2012. I went cookie crazy in 2011 and was going through several pounds of butter a week :/
    I know, you probably think that resolution is ridiculous, but it just means that I'll bake more fresh bread and I like that just as much.

    I hope your gums heal so you can eat cookies and burgers again! In the mean time, pudding is always a good choice.

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  6. These cookies look amazing... I feel your pain I had my wisdom teeth removed all four at once this past summer and it was a complicated surgery as I'm older so I was told lol. I think my Dr. was calling me old! I was told I had a 50% chance I would lose all feeling in my jaw and lower lip. The surgery went as well as could be expected and I couldn't eat anything that wasn't soft for almost a month! It was awful. The first thing I had though when I could was a big fat burger LOL so you and I maybe on the same page. Plus I had lost 12 pounds so I figured I was going all out ha!

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  7. Oh my goodness, try and be good and save some for next week. Hope you feel better soon. The cookies look scrumptious....sorry.

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  8. Ooooh nothing beats a good ol' cookie!!! I love everything in these...looks and sounds wonderful, Christina! Feel better!!

    xoxo,
    Tammy <3

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  9. Oh, these look fantastic! Totally putting me in the mood for cookies! :)

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  10. These cookies looked amazing but maybe you can help with my dilemma. They came out flat and lifeless. Could this be because I forgot the 1/2 cup of quick cooking oats? or would it be from using a mixer to cream together the sugar and butter? help!

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    1. It's definitely because of the oats. You need them to provide structure and bind water in the dough just as flour would. Good luck next time!

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  11. Just made these & they are wonderful! I used Splenda in place of real sugar. But still used brown sugar as I haven't really found a good substitute for that yet. Kylie you definitely need the oats in this recipe. They turned out great & weren't flat at all. Love them!

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    1. I am making these again as a Thanksgiving hostess gift. Andrea I discovered a new sweetner -- coconut sugar, the one I use is made by Madhava. I use it to substitute about 1/2 of the brown sugar. It does have a slightly different texture but adds great flavor! Christina I hope your surgery went well. Happy Thanksgiving to All.

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  12. I use both white sugar splenda and brown sugar splenda for all my baking... and It taste and works just like regular white/brown sugar..these cookies are yummy..!!!!!

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