Three weeks? Seriously? Three weeks since my last post? What’s going on here? You know it’s a bad sign when your girlfriend calls you and says “When I realize I haven’t talked to you in a while, I check your blog to see what you’ve been up to. So, I checked… and there’s nothing there!” Sadly, just like I had nothing particularly interesting to tell her about my life as of late, I don’t have much to tell you guys either. So… rather than focus on what has or – more accurately – has not been going on here, let’s talk about three more important things… cookies, Oh! Nuts, and Culinography’s very first giveaway!
You might recall that, not so long ago, I received four great sample products from the fine folks at Oh! Nuts… we had the macadamia nuts that found their way into some awesome white chocolate macadamia nut cookies (and which will have a cameo in another recipe later this month)… the pistachios that stole the show in the crispy potato rounds with herbed goat cheese and pistachios and again later in some pistachio ice cream… and the dried sour cherries that provided the perfect tart to sweet balance in those chewy dark chocolate-cherry cookies.
That brings us to sample number four… dried strawberries. To be honest, most of the bag was lost to simple snacking… these were like fruit snacks – except, well, they’re actually fruit! Yum! However, before the entire bag vanished, I did manage to incorporate a cup of these into some yummy, healthier-than-average cookies.
I thought these cookies were best while they were still warm from the oven… the combination of melty, white chocolate and the soft, sweet strawberries was amazing. However, even once they cooled to room temp, they were still pretty darn good. And, considering the decreased amount of butter and addition of white-wheat flour and oats… you could almost consider these health food. (Okay, maybe not… but I definitely felt less guilty when I went back for my fourth cookie!)
I’m pretty bummed that my time with Oh! Nuts has come to an end… it’s been so much fun to find great ways to feature their wonderful products and I’ll absolutely be looking to their site the next time I’m in need of quality nuts, dried fruits, etc. But now… now it’s YOUR turn to discover the goodness that is Oh! Nuts. That’s right… I’ve got a great hook-up for you, dear readers! One lucky Culinography reader will win the chance to choose not one, but THREE products from the Oh! Nuts website… which will ship, free of charge, right to your door. I’m telling you, I love these people.
Want to know how to enter? Just comment on this entry and tell me what three things YOU’D choose from their website and what you’d do with them if you won. That’s it. Easy peasy. Contest will remain open until 6:00 pm CST on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday, April 27, 2009. Ready? Set? GO!
White Chocolate, Strawberry & Oatmeal Cookies
(adapted from Cooking Light)
1/2 cup white-wheat flour (King Arthur)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup regular oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup coarsely chopped dried strawberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
Combine flours, oats, baking soda, and salt; stir with a whisk. Place sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer; beat at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes). Add vanilla and egg; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until blended. Add strawberries and chips; beat at low speed just until blended.
Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray (or lined with parchment or a silpat). Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; cool on pan 1 minute. Remove cookies from pan; cool completely on wire racks. Yields about two dozen cookies.