Monday, January 27, 2014

Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies

Back in December, when I got really obsessed with sewing, I decided to make oven mitts for my carpool buddies. But just an oven mitt seemed meh to me, so I thought a jar of cookie mix would be a good addition. A use for the new oven mitt!

Homemade Oven Mitt

I didn't get a chance to make the cookies before gifting them as I ran out of weekends so I finally gave it a try two weekends ago. But they ended up like this:

Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies

They may not look bad but I was disappointed with the way they turned out. They tasted alright, but they didn't stay together very well. I even tried chilling the dough and it didn't help much. I also thought there was too much white chocolate (not a fan anyway) and not enough blueberries or oatmeal. So this past weekend, I made them again but the right way -- creaming the butter and the sugar first, then adding the eggs, then the dry ingredients. Since everything was mixed together in the jar, those important steps could not have been followed the right way leading to not so great cookies. I wish I had made these before gifting and realized the fault in this cookie mix in a jar but at least they still tasted okay. With the changes though, they are fantastic or "bangin'" as one of my students exclaimed. It's basically a twist on an old classic, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Doesn't this batch look much better??

Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies

I know they sell dried fruit of every kind but I just never thought of anything outside of raisins or cranberries. So when I saw that my WalMart had dried blueberries, I knew I had to try them. They may be delicious little morsels, but unfortunately, they are actually a little pricey. With two packages in one batch, I probably won't be making these cookies that often but maybe as a special treat once in a while.

Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies
Forgot to bookmark the source -- will when found again!

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried blueberries

Preheat oven to 375F.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars. Add in eggs one at a time, combining well after each. Add vanilla extract and combine. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Do not overmix! Fold in the oatmeal, white chocolate chips, and dried blueberries until just combined.

On a lined baking sheet, drop dough by tablespoons 2 inches apart and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet until set, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy!

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