From Dish Erin:
I have a thing against raisins. I once started a war on my Facebook page when I stated as much and I was backed, passionately, by follow raisin haters and conversely, mocked and called all sorts of bad things, including a socialist. Or maybe that was my post about Obama not being a Muslim? I digress. I realized then that the raisin is a very polarizing dried fruit.
The raisin does have a less anger-inducing cousin, the craisin, or dried cranberries. I find the craisin to be mildly tolerable in oatmeal, otherwise unappealing and roughly in the same category as those evil wrinkly little buggers, raisins. So you can imagine my chagrin when my husband accidentally came home with an industrial size bag of craisins instead of the fresh cranberries I’d requested. I’ve been staring at this bag in my pantry for months when it dawned on me that if it didn’t hate them in oatmeal, maybe I could make an oatmeal cookie, fill it with lots of chocolate, and they might actually be enjoyable.
And wow. They were way more than enjoyable. I didn’t even pick out the craisins. In fact, they were so awesome that my coworkers ate the entire tupperware container of them for breakfast and requested that I make more the next day.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 1/2 orange
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Combine, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in a stand mixer (or in a large bowl with a electric hand mixer). Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats, cranberries, coconut, and white chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 1 – 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Serve with milk, duh.