Cranberry Hazelnut Cookies

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This cookie recipe, which I mentioned in an earlier post, is probably my favorite. Other than good ol’ chocolate chip, of course. I found it in some magazine about 15 years ago, so my apologies to the original, and now forgotten, author. It has become a bit of a tradition for me to make these chewy and chunky cookies around the holidays for my family. Cranberry and hazelnut is the perfect combination for Fall and Winter.

A couple of notes: The chopping of the dried cranberries is a bit of a chore because they are so sticky. I have used both a “chop-o-matic” style food chopper, which is a bit faster, but a pain to wash, as well as a sharp kitchen knife, which takes a bit more work, but is easier to clean. Your choice. I toast the chopped nuts under the broiler for a few minutes. Just make sure you watch it like a hawk as they burn easily. You could also toast them at a lower temperature, or by tossing them in a large skillet over medium heat. You’ll save a lot of money if you buy the oatmeal, dried cranberries, and hazelnuts in bulk.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups chopped dried cranberries
1 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 375.
In a mixer, cream both sugars, butter and shortening. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking powder and baking soda. Stir in oats, cranberries and hazelnuts. Spoon large tablespoons of the dough on to a cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes depending on how soft or crunchy you like your cookies.

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2 Responses to “Cranberry Hazelnut Cookies”

  1. Jaq Says:

    Have you tried chopping the cranberries with some of the flour or sugar (using the knife)? I’ve done that with other sticky ingredients (crystallized ginger mainly), and it keeps it more manageable.

    These sound really good – I did a cookie baking extravaganza during our initial cold snap, intending to give them away as gifts. But then we got snowed in, and there were all those defenseless cookies just sitting there….

  2. boxofbirds Says:

    Great idea!

    I just finished the last of my stash of frozen Christmas cookies. Time to make some more!

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