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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spiced Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Cookies: A Little Something to Nibble on While I'm Gone


By the time you read this, I'll be on my way to Seattle for the International Food Blogger Conference sponsored by Foodista. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! Not only am I going to meet some of my favorite food bloggers and Twitter friends, but I'll be learning some great tips and strategies to hopefully make SGCC bigger and better. Plus, I've never been to Seattle before and I've always wanted to visit there.

I'm arriving a day early so that I can check out some of the sites, especially the famous Pike Place Market. Tomorrow, I'll be out there, shopping 'til I drop and I can't wait!


I wanted to leave you with a little something to nibble on while I'm gone and I couldn't think of anything better than these fabulous Spiced Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Cookies. I found a version of these little beauties on Smitten Kitchen's web site many months ago and fell in love with them. Deb makes hers with white chocolate chunks, but I've tweaked the recipe to include cinnamon-spiced dried apples and cranberries. She says that they are "scandalously good", and I agree. I think that they are To. Die. For., and I hope you do too!

Hope you all have delicious weekend!


Spiced Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated via Smitten Kitchen
(Printable Recipe)


1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup dried apples chopped into small bits*
1 cup dried cranberries*
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon*
1 tablespoon flaky sea salt (like Maldon or fleur de sel for sprinkling)

*Note: I use a dried fruit mixture from the market which is a blend of diced, dried apples and cranberries that is already flavored with cinnamon. It is the perfect thing for these cookies. I think Sun Maid makes it.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt in a medium bowl. Toss apples, cranberries and cinnamon together in a small bowl.

Beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Scrape down bowl as needed. Add flour mixture gradually and mix until just incorporated and smooth. Add rolled oats and fruit mixture and mix well.

Scoop the dough into balls about 2 inches in diameter. Place on the baking sheet about 2 1/2-3 inches apart. You should get about 8 cookies on a sheet. Gently press down each ball slightly just to flatten the top a little. Sprinkle a small pinch of flaky salt on top of each cookie.

Bake until cookies are a golden brown, about 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.


Debbie said...

Hope you have a great time and you will have to tell us all about it!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love oatmeal cookies! These looks mighty scrumptious!



Chow and Chatter said...

have fun look forward to hearing all about it lol said...

This sounded like such a fun event! Guess we'll just have to read everyone's experiences this year. Delicious cookies. The sinfully cinnamon spice sounds great.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

mmm - I think I'd love these with those cranberries and maybe some walnuts too. Beautiful photos.

Erin said...

This is too funny. I am baking off a batch of SmittenKitchen's salted oatmeal cookies right this VERY MINUTE! I added dried cherries (and the called-for white chocolate) to mine, and they're very tasty.

When I opened SGCC today, I saw the picture and thought, "Hm. Those look like the SK cookies I'm making..." Too, too funny. Have a great trip!

pinkstripes said...

Those cookies sound and look delicious. YUM!

Snooky doodle said...

oh these surely look good. Yummy yummy :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Wow. You're so lucky to be able to go the conference. You MUST blog all about it.

Lola said...

Definitely copying this one down and making a batch soon! They look awesome, and anything with cinnamon spiced dried apples tickles my fancy.

Thank you for sharing this and have a great time at the conference.


Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

I'd love to go to this food bloggers conference.. I'm a little far enjoy it and glorious oatmeal cookies!!

Helene said...

I could not get tickets for the conference. Have a good time.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Have a wonderful time Susan! I can't wait to hear all baout it.

The Food Librarian said...

Have a great time at your conference! Sounds like a wonderful experience in a really fun city. Can't wait to here more about it!

This looks yummmmmmmy!

Ingrid said...

Lucky! Have a safe and marvelous trip!

Btw, hard to imagine bigger and better. I certainly think you're awesome now!

vibi said...

Okay, other than complimenting those cookies... I must really over all compliment that first picture! Mighty beautiful! WOWWY kinda pic!

Have fun at the conference, you lucky woman!

5 Star Foodie said...

Gorgeous cookies! Have a great time at the conference!

Manggy said...

I hope you have a fantastic time, Susan! Give Allen a big hug for me :)

Nina Timm said...

The first shot made me put on the!!!!

I hope you have a fabulous time!!!

Grace said...

i have these massive bags of dried apples that i wasn't sure what to use in, and hot diggity, now i know! awesome recipe, and i hope you enjoy your trip. :)

Jeff said...

I know you will find some awesome stuff at Pike. I have been dying to go and know if I go I will need to take a suitcase just for smuggling goodies on the plane.

Hopefully the conference goes well and you have a blast!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, I hope you have loads of fun there, darling!

And I'll be making these cookies - so many delicious add ins, yum!

Steph said...

That's one of my favourite oatmeal cookie recipes.. so crispy and flaky! I like your additions.

Baking Monster said...

these look so crispy and yummy!

CookiePie said...

Enjoy the conference! Those cookies look fab :)

Cakelaw said...

These look delicious Susan. Have a great time at the conference.

Tangled Noodle said...

Have a fun and safe trip! We look forward to hearing a full accounting of your experiences - it sounds like there are some great events and seminars going on. Thanks for leaving us a nice bite to tide us over!

Elyse said...

Sorry that I’ve been an absent commenter; I just finished up my law school exams and am finally getting around to my google reader. I must say, these cookies look delicious. I can't wait to hear about your time in Seattle at the conference!!! Have a great time.

Nurit - 1FFF said...

Gorgeous photos on your blog!

Maris said...

These sound great! I can't wait to hear all about the conference!

Half Baked said...

Looks like a delicious cookie!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Have a great time, that sounds so fun.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Incredible photos! My mouth is watering! :D

onlinepastrychef said...

Yum! Hope the conference was wonderful!

martha said...

I love oatmeal cookies and collecting oatmeal cookie recipes. Thanks for another great variation. The combination of apples and cranberries is a winner.