In need of a homemade gift for your valentines? Make these cookies. They are truly the best ever! Stack them in mason jars and tie them up with pretty ribbon. Easy. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love them. I originally wanted to share this cookie in time for Christmas, since that is when I usually make them, as they look so festive studded with white chocolate chips and deep red dried cranberries (or dried cherries). But that’s what makes them perfect for Valentine’s Day, too. I know there are a lot of similar recipes out there but just trust me that this one tops them all!
I got this recipe years ago from my mom’s friend Lisa. I was in high school and my parents didn’t quite trust leaving me alone while they were out of town (definitely wise of them!) so Lisa graciously offered to stay with me for the weekend. Lisa is the smartest “baby sitter” I’ve ever had. She came armed with an arsenal of the most tantalizing and interesting recipes and began cooking up a storm as soon as she arrived. I soon found that I favored spending time in the kitchen with her over pushing my curfew.
Buttery, chewy, and utterly addictive. You won’t regret baking these cookies!
- 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (*Not in Lisa's original recipe, but my own addition I never leave out)
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups dried cranberries
- 1 cup chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla extract (if using) and mix until well combined.
- Add dry ingredients, mixing until dough just comes together.
- Stir in cranberries and white chocolate with a spatula.
- Drop by the tablespoonful (I use a small cookie scoop) onto an ungreased cookie sheet (I use silicon baking mats or parchment paper).
- Bake 10-12 minutes at 375°F until edges of cookies are slightly golden. For best results, don't over bake. The center of the cookies may look slightly underdone when you take them out of the oven.