I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Milk and Cookies

Who said milk and cookies can't make everything better?

Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Recipe from Giada De Laurentiis
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 (4-ounce) 60 percent cacao bittersweet chocolate bar (recommended: Ghirardelli), chopped into 1/4-inch chunks (semi-sweet chocolate chips are an acceptable substitute)
  • Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  •  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. With the machine running, gradually add the flour mixture. Add the oats, cranberries and chocolate chunks (or chocolate chips). Mix until just incorporated (dough will be stiff).
  • If you would like to make a dozen large (Starbucks-size) cookies, use a 4-oz cookie scoop which holds about 1/2 cup of dough. If you want more cookies, use a smaller scoop. Using a cookie scoop, scoop slightly rounded mounds of the dough into balls. Arrange balls of dough, spaced 2-inches apart, on each baking sheet. Flatten the tops of the cookies with a damp hand and bake until the cookies are slightly golden on the edges, about 13 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 20 minutes before serving.

 The recipes says it makes 30 cookies I have no idea how she got 30 cookies.
I used white chocolate chips, mmmmm!

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