Posts Tagged ‘dessert’

Cranberry Hazelnut Cookies

January 21, 2009

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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Tiny Pies!

November 22, 2008

Link sent by my crafty friend E:  Tiny Pies Baked in Jars!  Also, canned cupcakes, a more portable riff on the office mug cake!

Cold comfort

February 15, 2008

My first assumptions about comfort food: 1) warm 2) starchy 3)bland. Why? Maybe thinking about what I think would comfort others, maybe things I would offer someone needing comfort. Except, I wouldn’t. “You look sad, let me make you some nice mashed potatoes…” No. I would make you a cup of tea or pour you a nice tot of rum or whiskey or brandy if there were any left. But the question is out there, waiting – what is my comfort food? What thing do I love to eat, and love to make, and always wish it were available and waiting for my spoon? (more…)