November 16, 2008

White Chocolate Cranberry Filled Soft Cookies


Not too long ago I received an email from Sam of Oh! Nuts. He wanted to send me some of their product to try out. I promptly responded in just a few days later I had had this box with a generous sample of their products. I received a full pound each of Jumbo Raw Georgia Pecans, California Medjool Dates, and Dried Cranberries. I started thinking about what recipes I could use these in, or better yet, what could I create on my own with these ingredients. Today I am going to share with you what I did come up with for the Dried Cranberries. The dates and pecans can wait their turn. ;)

Its the time of year when I start to think about my Nanny Mae's filled cookies. It seems I remember Christmas as the time of year I always loved to eat them. She would fill her cookies with a date or raisin filling (both of which I totally love!).
 I made them last year and used a mixture of raisins and dates. That is when I found out Grumpy didn't care for date or raisin filled cookies. However, I know that Grumpy loves white chocolate and dried cranberries (his ultimate trail mix from Wal-mart is one that includes both!). So, I thought why not make a filling that uses craisins, almond extract, coconut, and white chocolate? Surely he will be crazy about these, right?


  

White Chocolate Cranberry Filled Soft Cookies
Nanny's recipe revised


For the cookie:
3/4 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6-1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sour milk (you can sour the milk by mixing a tablespoon of lemon juice with milk)

Filling:
1-1/2 cup applesauce
1-1/2 cup craisins
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
3/4 cup coconut
1 cup white chocolate chips
4 teaspoons butter

Instructions:
Mix the first 5 ingredients together. Set aside. Stir dry ingredients together in separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients alternately with mil. Chill dough. Meanwhile, make the filling:

Mix applesauce, craisins, brown sugar, water in medium sized saucepan and cook until thickened. Remove from heat and add butter, coconut and almond extract. Cool.

When cool, stir in white chocolate chips.

Assemble cookies:
Roll cookie dough, cut into circles. Place circles on cookie sheet. Place 1 tablespoon of filling on top of cookie. Cover with another cut cookie and press edges with fingers (or fork). Bake at 350 until slightly brown (8 - 10 minutes).

35 comments:

  1. Honey, I LOVE YOU!!!! My absolute favorite thing to pair with craisins is white chocolate! I will have to make these cookies ASAP!!! They look so delicious!

    (BTW, how are the Oh Nuts craisins? Are they any better/different than Ocean Spray? Just wondering if it is worth ordering!)

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  2. I love these! Recipes from family are the best. White chocolate and cranberry are so delicious together, and that pink icing is so sweet!!

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  3. Okay, now I'm laughing at myself! The Oh Nuts website says they are Ocean Spray craisins. I'm a little out of it today!

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  4. These look great & lucky you having such a fabulous goodie box!

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  5. Love the icing and the new filling is fabulous!

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  6. Those are way too cute! Love the pink frosting! YUM YUM YUM!

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  7. Those look unique and very delicious! I love cranberries and white chocolate too.

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  8. Oh!Nuts Rock! So do these cookies, they look really delicious! Love the flavors!

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  9. OMG these look amazing. What a treat on the inside these would be....this is a winner.

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  10. These look absolutely delicious!!
    Yum!! Great recipe!

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  11. Lucky you HoneyB. I'll look forward to the rest of your creations:D

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  12. YUMMY. Now I am officially VERY hungry! Will need to go raid the kitchen in a while...

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  13. You are so sweet to switch up your traditional fillings!
    These look delicious - I love the holiday season and all the cookies it brings!

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  14. Now I am kicking myself for not picking up something sweet at the store! These look incredible.

    Emily
    www.justeatfood.com

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  15. I really love different kinds of cookies and that sure looks like a delicious one!

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  16. Wow, HoneyB! I've never seen filled cookies like this, I don't think. They look divine! Will have to try them!

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  17. Those look so pretty! I've got to try these soon! Love the filling!

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  18. So so pretty in pink! That's an amzing filling!

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  19. The cookies look delicious! And the filling sounds fantastic!

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  20. YUM! filled cookies are the best! these sound great-and look so pretty too :)

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  21. These looks so cute and delicious. If Grumpy didn't like them you can send them my way - I'll gobble them up.

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  22. I'm thinking these might be great on my dessert bar for Thanksgiving. They look fabulous!

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  23. Hi HoneyB,

    What so cute and amazing filling! Good and tasty cookies, can I've a dozen?

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  24. Oh MY! These look FABULOUS!!! I would be happy with ANY version. Terrific photos,too. I wish I could sample a nibble through the screen.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe Honey B! :)

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  25. Such a sweet and tasty idea, the pink frosting on top is the perfect touch. I bet those ingredients tasted perfect with the tart cranberries :).

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  26. Wow, so many good cookies!!! These ones might be even better than the last, the filling looks delcious! Great pictures.

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  27. My boyfriends mother used to make these...and I love them, but filling them with crasins and white chocolate is pure genius...and they must be even better than the old fashioned ones.

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  28. These look marvelous! Now that the holiday season is gearing up, I've got cookies on the brain. These would make perfect homemade gifts! 8-)

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  29. Oh boy, I'm seeing lots of cranberry and chocolate combinations lately.

    This one looks really good. I will be trying this one. I'll pin it to remember it!

    I love cranberry and chocolate together!

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  30. Holy cats, those look amazing. I must. make. these!

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  31. What gorgeous cookies, Shelby! I've never seen quite like these and I can't wait to give the recipe a try for myself.

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  32. One little search attempt and BAM! Just what I wanted to find! Must print immediately!!! Thanks! (Chris in Indiana)

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  33. So excited to make these today! Is there a recipe for the frosting?

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    1. I usually just melt about a tablespoon of butter, mix into it about a cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and some milk. Add another cup of sugar and milk as needed to get the frosting to the spreading consistency you want. I tinted mine a little pink. Hope the recipe turns out well for you!

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