Sunday, October 14, 2007

cranberry hooty-whats?

You can't hide from it, Christmas will be here sooner than you think. I love the Christmas season, the baking, the buying, the family, the giving. It's all great. I plan on giving cookies and other baked goods to friends and co-workers this holiday season. I haven't figured out exactly what I'll make yet but I'm trying out some new recipes. One idea I really like is the "cookie in the jar" mixes you can put together. I already knew that they looked great, but I wanted to make sure they actually tasted good before handing them out to everyone I know! I'm glad I gave them a try because there were some things that needed tweaking. Also, Tyler loved them and I think these will replace the other cranberry white-chocolate cookie recipe I have used in the past.

Cranberry Hootycreeks (from


  • 1 cup + 2 T all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart or 1 liter jar, in the order listed.
  2. Attach a tag with the following instructions: Cranberry Hootycreeks
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
    2. In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until fluffy (Thanks to the advice of an reviewer, I found out it takes 5-7 minutes in the electric mixer to get the butter, eggs, and vanilla to become fluffy). Add the entire jar of ingredients, and mix together by hand until well blended (If dough is dry and crumbly, sprinkle with a bit of water so it sticks together better, I also refrigerated the dough about 30 minutes before baking). Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets, or remove to cool on wire racks.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies (depending on how much dough you eat!)


MrsPresley said...

i love cookies in a jar :) and i have had similar cranberry/oatmeal/white choc chip cookies that were so good!! thanks for sharing this recipe :) i plan to gift baked goodies this holiday season too...

Elly said...

these look great. i've been thinking of sending my sis a care package and i might have to add a jar of this mix :)

Renea said...

Funny name. They look great!

Anonymous said...

My mom has been giving these cookies as holiday gifts for years. Everyone loves them, so my recommendation is to have extra copies of the whole recipe. Trust me, they will ask.

Alanna said...

I'm so glad to read that you like these - I'm about to put my cookies-in-a-jar together tonight!