We shouted! We hooted! We jumped up and down! (Mommy even got a little misty)
Leandro’s Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut Chocolate Chip Drop Cookies took first prize in the Junior culinary class at the Long Island Fair!
We were completely surprised, because we had made a solemn decision that we didn’t care whether our submissions won. We just wanted our admission tickets (one per submission) and we wanted to be a part of it. We like our own baked goods and we like baking together and winning or losing wouldn’t change that.And then he won!
We are, of course, very excited, and we are, of course, sharing the recipe. And of course, we had a marvellous day at the fair with Lori, Brendan, Kate, Abu, Padushi, Madrina, and Betsy. It is always a wonderful time and there is one more day left if you haven’t made it yet!
Leandro’s Prize-Winning Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies
½ Cup plus 6 Tbs butter, softened
¾ firmly packed brown sugar (I like to mix dark and light brown, but use whatever is on hand)
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 ½ Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
3 Cups quick or old-fashioned oats
½ Cup bittersweet chocolate morsels
½ Cup dried cranberries
¾ Cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until blended and kind of creamy (I don’t have an electric mixer – yet—so I just use a big fork). Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Then add the oats and the fruit and nuts and mix well until all the oats are damp.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes or until light brown. After a minute cooling on the baking sheets, move the cookies to wire cooling racks and cool completely. Store in tightly covered containers.
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