White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

These White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies are some of my very favorite cookies! Have you ever had a cookie dipped in white chocolate before? It’s the best! And these are absolutely perfect for this time of year.

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies - so good!
White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies - so good!

This weekend was a lot of fun. After spending some time with the folks from ALDI (which I’ll talk more about later this week), I got to spend the weekend with my cousin, who is expecting a baby any day now. We were all hoping that she’d have the baby while I was there, but the baby just was not going to cooperate. So by the time I was leaving yesterday, we were making our predictions for when it would finally make an appearance.

The one good thing about the baby not coming yet was that I got to spend a little more chill time with my cousin and her husband. They are total foodies and love eating different food and trying different restaurants. I don’t have to worry about picking where to eat with them, they always know great places that they want to take me.

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies - so good!
White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies - so good!

They also like to order a few different things and have us all share and taste everything. Total foodies! The perfect people to eat with. We had some italian one night and mexican the other. I had the best guacamole I’ve ever had! Then they took me to a great dessert place called Hot Chocolate. We ordered three desserts and hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. Mine was a pumpkin hot chocolate. SO stinkin’ good.

We also did a little shopping. I went to Sur de la Table for the first time. I can’t believe I’d never been! The baking supplies! It look me forever to look through everything for cake decorating. And all the cake pan sizes – I totally wish I had one nearby. Such a fun store.

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies - so good!
White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies - so good!

It was really nice to be away from home and forced to relax. I hardly knew what to do with myself. We went and got our nails done yesterday and while my nails are now a super cute pink, I’m not so sure it’ll last long. It’ll be back to baking today, which means lots of dishes, which is bad news for nails. It was nice to be a little pampered though. 🙂

Being in a city like Chicago, it always strikes me how different southern and northern cities are. Even in downtown Atlanta, everything still feels so spread out in comparison to northern cities like Chicago. The train system in the north is actually usable. Cabs are everywhere. It’s just so different and fun to be able to visit.

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies - so good!
White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies - so good!

Onto the cookies! These things are the jam. I had similar ones that a friend made last year around Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit – which left me wanting to make my own version. Finally Thanksgiving has come back around and here they are!

As usual, the hubs was protective over his cookies. The recipe makes quite a few though, so I was able to share. Everyone loved them. How can you not? I seriously love cranberries and oatmeal cookies together. Totally the default cookie I go for on a tray. And dipped in white chocolate? You can’t even imagine how good it is if you haven’t tried it. I love white chocolate chips in cookies and you’d think it’s like the same thing, but for some reason it’s not. It’s better. I can’t explain it – it just is.

And then with the pecans, it’s fall right in a cookie. I sprinkled some crushed pecans onto the white chocolate as it dried for some decoration, but you could easily leave them just with the white chocolate. Either way they are delicious.

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies - so good!

White Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 40-42 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup salted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups uncooked quick cook oats
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1/2 cup pecan pieces, toasted, optional
12 oz vanilla candiquick (or similar baking white chocolate)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Beat butter and sugars together until well combined.
3. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
4. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon and mix until well combined.
5. Add oats and mix until a thick dough forms.
6. Stir in cranberries and pecan pieces.
7. Place heaping tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
8. Bake 8-9 minutes. Cookies may look a little undercooked in the center, but the continue to cook and firm as they cool. Do not over bake. If cookies look cooked (not a little undercooked) when you take them out, they are probably overcooked.
9. Let cookies cool for about 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
10. Once cookies are cool, melt candiquick in a small bowl.
11. Dip cookies, one at a time, into candiquick and shake to remove excess candiquick. Set on parchment paper to dry. Sprinkle with crushed pecans before the candiquick dries, if desired.
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Enjoy!

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