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. 😉
It’s 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?
- ¾ 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
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6-1/2 cups flour
- ¾ cup sour milk (you can sour the milk by mixing a tablespoon of lemon juice with milk)
- 1-1/2 cup applesauce
- 1-1/2 cup craisins
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup water
- ¾ cup coconut
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 4 teaspoons butter
- 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).