Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. Whew--that's a mouthful. =) Welcome to Day 3 of the 12 Days of Cookies. Today I'm featuring the first cookie recipe I tried. I actually made these the day before Thanksgiving, when I probably should have been making pie crust. I wanted a cookie that I could mix up and bake pretty quickly, since there was a lot of other stuff going on. This was also the first recipe that caught my eye when I was first looking through the slide-show. I'm not sure how everyone else decided what to make, but I started off by checking out all the names and pictures. Anything with an ingredient that I really dislike in the title was immediately crossed off the list (bye-bye Coconut Orange Snowballs and Pistachio and Cherry Mexican Wedding Cakes). Then I took a closer look at the remaining recipes to narrow things down further based on ingredients or techniques. Next, I looked at the recipes that were left and tried to pick the 12 that sounded most appealing for whatever reason. The list has changed a couple times, and may yet change again as I see some of the cookies that everyone else is baking. I was surprised that my (more or less) final list had quite a few roll and cut types of cookies, since, as I've mentioned, they're not my favorite thing to make. Maybe this whole project will change that. =)
Anyway, back to the chocolate and cranberry cookies. This is a drop-cookie recipe, and it was pretty easy to mix up. The three chocolates are dark, milk and white. Right there I started making changes. I didn't have any milk chocolate chips, since I've yet to find one that I really like. So I used two dark chocolate chips--Guittard regular semi-sweet chips and also some of their extra dark (63%) chips. For the white chips, I used Ghirardelli. On an amusing note, I made the mistake of trying to chop fresh cranberries by hand--next time I'll use my food processor, since those little buggers kept bouncing all over the place. =) For these cookies, I used my #40 disher and ended up with 32 cookies. I baked them at 350 degrees F for 16 minutes.
The verdict? These cookies were quite good. The white chips weren't that noticeable, which is fine with me. =) (not a big fan of white chocolate or things like it) I like the combination of dark chocolate and cranberries. If I make these again (which is fairly likely), I think I'll add more cranberries. Okay, make that when I make these again, since Jamie just informed me that he definitely thinks they're a make-again. I enjoyed the bits of tartness that the cranberries contributed, but would have liked more. And hey, I might even remember to drizzle the chocolate on top next time!
If you'd like to try these, you can find the recipe here.
And be sure to check out the other bakers participating in the 12 Days of Cookies to see what they've baked up for today!
Andrea of Andrea's Recipes
Claire of The Barefoot Kitchen
Courtney of Coco Cooks
Judy of No Fear Entertaining
Kelly of Sass & Veracity
Michelle of Big Black Dog
RJ of Flamingo Musings
Sandy of At the Baker's Bench
Tiffany of The Nesting Project