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Friday, December 23, 2011

White Chocolate Craisin Chunk Cookies

Now it's starting to feel like Christmas!

These cookies are a staple at Christmas in my family. They are also my go to cookie recipe when I need to bring a tasty treat somewhere. Christmas cookie and ornament exchange? Check. Last day at work? Check. Birthday? Check. Check.

What's even better is how versatile this recipe is. Not in the mood for craisins? Throw in some raisins. Feeling a little nutty? Add walnuts or pistachios. Not a fan of white chocolate (are you crazy?)? Change it out for dark chocolate. The possibilities are endless!

White Chocolate Craisin Chunk Cookies

2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 6-ounce package Ocean Spray Craisins
2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips 
1/4 cup chopped nuts of your choosing (optional)

Preheat oven to 375F. 
Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, mixing well.  Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl.  Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in dried cranberries, white chocolate chunks and nuts, if desired. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 8 minutes or until golden brown, cool on wire rack.
Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen.

Santa called. He would like a dozen of these waiting by the chimney. 
Enjoy! :)

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