Monday, December 22, 2008

Cranberry Cream Cheese Oatmeal Cookies

My next cookie recipe comes from a blog that I found through Anna. It's called the Oatmeal Cookie Guy and he comes up with all kinds of cool recipes for oatmeal cookies. This one is a SLIGHT adaptation on his Golden Girls cookies. The cookie has the taste of a graham cracker base for cheesecake and then it's filled with a sweetened cream cheese filling. I added cranberries to make it more Christmas-y. Now, these were DELICIOUS....but....filling the cookies was a bit difficult. I told someone that they were wonderful but I'd probably only make these specific ones again if a certain couple of people asked me! Maybe Mrs. Snowman will keep making them for Mr. Snowman, because it appears that they enjoyed them as well! I will, however, continue looking at Oatmeal Guy for more recipes! For a very well organized recipe that is easy to follow, go here.

Holiday Golden Girls adapted from the Oatmeal Guy

Filling:
8 ounces room-temperature cream cheese
4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Creamables:
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Wet Ingredients:
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Dry Ingredients:
2 cups finely ground graham crackers
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Add the filling ingredients to a medium bowl and mix well. Let the mixture cool and solidify in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350º. Cream together the creamables. In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and then add to the creamables. Mix together until smooth. In another large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, fold together until evenly distributed. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamables and wet ingredients. Mix until evenly combined. Shape dough into balls—about 2 tablespoons each. Remove the filling mixture from the refrigerator and stuff each dough ball with 1 teaspoon of the mixture. Do this by flattening your ball of dough and placing the cream cheese in the center. Then fold over the dough to reform into a ball. Put the stuffed dough balls in the freezer for five minutes to firm up. Place about 2 inches apart on baking stone or Silpat/parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes. Then place cookies on wire racks to cool.

7 comments:

Darius T. Williams said...

Oh wow - this looks like a very creative cookie! I want some.

*hold out hands*

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

What a unique recipe! And since they were tricky to put together I'm so glad they were tasty. Nothing is has annoying as a recipe that doesn't turn out well.

CookiePie said...

They look so delicious!

Katrina said...

They look de-lish! I made OCG's xxx cranberry crunch cookies and they were SO good, a lot of work, but GOOD. Lots of yummy oatmealy stuff over there!
Great job!

Claire said...

Darius - I'd hand one to you if I could...alas, I cannot! Plus, I don't have any more.

Ari - It sure is!! I would have been disappointed if they didn't taste good.

CookiePie - Thanks!

Katrina - I think I made those, too. I just haven't posted about them yet! My friend's dad really enjoyed them. Love OCG's blog!

Southern Plate said...

OH MY GOODNESS ALIVE THESE THINGS HAVE MY NAME ALL OVER THEM!!!!!!!!

Oh darling cookie, wherefore have thoust been all my life?

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