In the spirit of the holidays, this month's Crazy Ingredient Challenge was Cranberries and Gingerbread spice. Obviously, I made cookies.
For my birthday, my sister gave me a couple of cookbooks. I finally busted them out, and found a great recipe in The Working Class Foodies Cookbook. If you don't have this and you're trying to cook on a budget (or just looking to save more money for important things, like beer and getting your nails done), definitely check it out. As I was perusing it, I discovered a recipe that would adapt perfectly - Cranberry Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Lace Cookies. Wow - mouthful.
Anyways, these cookies have cranberries and chocolate, so they're basically awesome. The recipe called for cinnamon and nutmeg, but I needed gingerbread spice, So, I just subbed the same amount of gingerbread spice to equal the amount of cinnamon and nutmeg. Done and done.
Cranberry Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Lace Cookies:
For the Gingerbread Spice:
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
1 Teaspoon Cloves
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Teaspoon Allspice
For the Cookies:
1 Stick Butter, Softened
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Oatmeal
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soad
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
3 Teaspoons Gingerbread Spice
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chipes
1/4 Cup Milk (maybe more, depends on your batter)
To make the gingerbread spice, mix all the spices together. Store in a baggie in the spice place.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 and prepare your baking sheets (I now have silpats, but if you don't, butter, parchment paper, or spray stuff is fine).
Mix together the butter and sugars until fluffy, then add the vanilla and egg.
In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix. Then, add the cranberries and chocolate.
Mix about half of the dry ingredients with the wet, then add the milk. Add in the remainder of the dry ingredients. Add a bit more milk if you think it's way too dry.
Bake for 15 minutes, rotating the cookie pans halfway through. Remember to leave LOTS of space between the cookies - these spread out quite a bit and you don't want MEGACOOKIE. Or maybe you do? Whatever, do what you want.
These were delicious. The gingerbread spice really shone through and added a little sommin sommin to the cookies. I've actually never used gingerbread spice before (because I've never made gingerbread cookies...), so I wasn't entirely sure how it would turn out - sometimes I find myself either over or underwhelmed by spices (only just whelmed in Europe).
If you're a bloggy type, you should definitely join us for the next Crazy Ingredient Challenge. It's pretty low pressure (participate when you can, it's always the 20th) and a lot of fun.