I have today off, but Josh had to work…so I am having a “me” day. I am going to the gym, doing a little shopping, cleaning, and baking. I also hope to start a new book and relax for a little bit.
After the holidays, I took a baking break. I tend to overdo it during December, I just can’t stop baking. I love it, but it wore me out this year.
My break didn’t last very long. I missed my KitchenAid Mixer, she is my best friend in the kitchen, besides my husband:) Baking is also a great stress reliever for me-I need to bake-it cheers me up. I turn on my tunes and let my creative juices go. I love the entire process- measuring, mixing, taking my creation out of the oven, testing, and sharing with others. Baking makes me happy. I just love it.
I was having a “down” day last week so I decided to bake dark chocolate cranberry cookies to lift my spirits. These cookies did the trick. I loved getting back into my baking groove. I usually do white chocolate with cranberry, but this time I decided to go dark. I loved the sweet cranberries with the deep dark chocolate. Mmmm!
I am going to make these for Valentine’s Day-I think they are the perfect cookie for the day of LOVE! Bake a batch for your special someone!
Dark Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
- 1/2 c. dark brown sugar
- 1/2 c. white sugar
- 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
- 1 1/4 c. flour
- 1 1/4 c. oats
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips I used Nestle Special Dark
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat and set aside.
- Combine sugars and butter with an electric mixer until creamy-this will take about two minutes. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
- In a separate bowl combine the salt, baking powder, soda, flour. Whisk together. Add flour mixture slowly to the wet ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
- Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries.
- Make dough balls-about 1 Tablespoon of dough per cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges and starting to set. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for about three minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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