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Sunday Salon – A Winner, and the Winning Recipe!

December 20, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comAhhh, break time. After much work, this semester is finally over. My class is done with, grades are submitted, and for the first time in months I can just sit back and relax with nothing I need to do. (Except laundry. And cleaning. And three reviews to write.)

First, to business! I let pick a winner for my giveaway of Adam Schell’s Tomato Rhapsody… and it’s Jen, from Devourer of Books! Congrats, Jen, I hope you enjoy it! And for everyone else, congrats on making me really, really crave fresh tomatoes. :) If you didn’t win, you can get yourself a copy of Adam’s great book at Amazon. Call it an early Christmas present to yourself… no one will ever need to know!

Second, after the voting for the past week, we’ve come up with a three way tie for which recipe to post, with Sour Cream Sugar Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies, and White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies coming up with five votes apiece. So, since I get to be the tiebreaker, and since sugar cookie and gingerbread recipes are pretty easy to come by, AND since the White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies are probably the best cookies I’ve ever eaten, that’s what I’m going to post.

White Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

from The Baker’s Field Guide to Christmas Cookies by Dede Wilson (which is an excellent cookbook, and really is laid out like a field guide – with “habitat”, “related species”, “lifespan”, etc – and so amuses the biology nerd in me.)

– 2 2/3 cups oats
– 1 1/2 cups flour
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 cup dried cranberries
– 6 ounce white chocolate chips
– 1/2 cup walnut halves, chopped
– 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
– 1 cup unsalted butter
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 2 eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Whisk oats, flour, baking soda, and salt together. Stir in cranberries, walnuts, and white chocolate.
3. Melt butter over medium heat; continue simmering until solids turn golden-brown (don’t burn!).
4. Pour browned butter into bowl and whisk in brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and eggs, beating after each.
5. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Drop by generously rounded tablespoon onto sheets 2″ apart.
6. Bake until golden-brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on racks.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2009 5:54 pm

    Congratulations Jen! That’s too funny that you had a 3 way tie – I’m glad you picked the cookie I voted for. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. December 20, 2009 5:58 pm

    Congrats on finishing up the semester! I have one magazine story to finish revising and then i can join you :)

  3. December 20, 2009 7:32 pm

    It must be so nice to have the semester behind you. Whew! I am taking a week off from work next week and looking forward to it. Maybe I’ll get in some last minute reading.

    Congratulations to Jen on her win!

    I hope you have a great week!

  4. Ben permalink
    December 20, 2009 9:11 pm

    Good choice! Those cookies are super delicious : )

  5. December 20, 2009 9:20 pm

    Congratulations on finishing the semester! Regarding the cookies, it seems that whether or not they are the best ever should also be subject to judging, like say, by sending some out to, oh, I don’t know, maybe the 4th commenter on today’s post (randomly speaking, of course)….

    • December 20, 2009 11:41 pm

      rhapsody – I find it kind of amusing that, while you were obviously fishing for cookies yourself, since Ben’s comment was in moderation when you came by, I actually *did* send him some of these cookies this year, so consider your suggestion followed! :-D

  6. jendevourerofbooks permalink
    December 21, 2009 8:39 am

    Yay, I’m so excited to read this one!

  7. December 22, 2009 5:48 pm

    Yum! (I haven’t tried the cookies, but they sound delicious.

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