penance cookies

Yesterday I broke the screen on our hand held video monitor.

My lips may or may not have uttered a swearword (my lips, not me, of course) when I picked it up off the floor. It slipped through my hands and in an effort to catch it I sent it flying in a trajectory far more damaging than if I’d just let it fall.


$150 worth of stupid. What do you do when your baby is napping, you’ve just broke an expensive appliance and you don’t want to break it (bah-dum-ch) to the Hubs? Why, you make cookies, of course. Cookies cover a multitude of sins (and accidents). But these couldn’t just be cookies. These had to be $150 worth of awesomeness in a cookie. Then I would at least break even on the day.

The occasion called for Craisin & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies.

Why these cookies? Well, among other impulse buys, our trip to Costco last weekend resulted in me being the proud owner of a 3lb bag of Ocean Spray Craisins. No, seriously. A 48 ounce bag of dried cranberries now sits on my counter because there’s not room enough for it in my cupboard.

I noticed this recipe on the back of the bag when I was loading it onto a dolly and rolling it into the house. I’ve wanted to make them ever since.

{not pictured: 2 eggs}

Below you will see that the recipe calls for old fashioned oats and I have shown here ‘quick oats’. I know they are not the same thing, but being that I  already stock this kind of oats for our fabtabulous no-bake cookies, I figured I’d give it a go with what we have on-hand. Spoiler alert: they worked just fine! (PS: O My Ginormity that’s a big bag of craisins.)

I softened melted (whoops!) the butter and added it to the brown sugar. Can you believe that I don’t even on an electric hand-mixer? I know! Everything I have mixed or whipped since being married has been by hand (you can contact me via email for the address to which you can send my trophies. Thanks).

{This is a pastry dough whisk. A non-electric-mixer owner’s best friend.}

After the butter and sugar are well blended and you have eaten some of it, add 2 eggs to the mix.

In a separate bowl, blend together the dry ingredients (flour, oats, salt, baking soda).

You probably know where this is going, right? We’ve got the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients all mixed with their like kind… time to break down the walls and put them all in one bowl.

{Yes, my whisk has Mickey Mouse on it and yes it is from Disney World. Also? No, those are not dirty dishes in my sink. Nope. My house is always spotless.}

The recipe says to do the opposite, but I added the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mostly because I had already put the wet ingredients in the bigger of my bowls. I just put 1/3 of the mixture in at a time and it was just fine.

Also, did I mention that I have 48 ounces of Craisins? This recipe calls for “1 6-ounce package” of them. Ha! 6? I have 8 sets of 6 ounces! My Costco membership and I laugh in the face of 6 ounces!

Just in case you, too, find yourself with a surplus of Craisins, I measured it out and 6 ounces is about 1 and 1/4 cups.

Add the craisins and white chocolate chips (or chunks) to the dough. I didn’t realize how much of a rule breaker I am, but even though the recipe calls for 2/3 cup white chocolate chips, I used a whole cup.

I do not regret this decision.

{Immediately after taking this picture, Mickey threw in the towel and I went with a folding motion using a spatula. This was much more effective. No offense, Mickey.}

At this point I was eating dough by the spoonful spooning the dough onto a baking sheet when OBaby woke up. I ran the plan by him and he said he was totes up for helping Mommy finish the cookies.

He is such a good thumb sucker helper.

I finished spooning the cookie dough into rows on a cookie sheet (which, I am totally OCD about, by the way. Note the ‘cookie used to be here’ smudges on the sheet where the cookie dough was before I adjusted the rows and spacing to be perfect.). I always use our cookie dough scoop for tasks like these. Picture perfect dough portions every time. You can meet him in this post.

Just pop these beauts in the oven for 10min at 375 degrees and consider your sins atoned for or something like that.

A last adjustment to the recipe: It says it makes 2.5 dozen, and despite the fact that I ate a lot of dough but I found it made exactly 3 dozen (probably related to the extra perfect amount of white chocolate chips I used).

If DanO asks, though, there were only ever 2.5 dozen. I swear. (Those first 6 are our little secret, m’kay?)


Craisin & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 6-ounce package Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries
2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips


Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

{See, you completely forgot about the broken monitor, didn’t you? Cookies. Works every time.}

18 Responses to “penance cookies”

  1. Jenn


    I loooove my scoops! My MIL gave us girls a goodie bag of kitchen gadgets from a hoity-toity (spelling, please?) kitchen store for Christmas. When I pulled out a large scoop, I said “I can make HUGE cookies with this!” She said, “That’s an ice cream scoop!” LOL. I didn’t have the heart (or courage) to tell her!

  2. rebecca d

    Ohhh… i have a bag of those crasins I bought on impulse… nobody by me likes them… I am making the cookies tonight… we’ll see if they still don’t like ‘em…

  3. Susan

    I always buy that big bag of Crasins. Toss them in a salad with either some pineapple chunks or mandarin orange pieces, add some chicken and maybe some walnuts or almond slices! It’s a gourmet lunch!

  4. Sarah

    It so nice to know I’m not the only one who wouldn’t sleep well at night if all the cookies weren’t perfectly straight on the cookie sheet! :)

  5. Ryley

    Those look yummy!!!

    And really, call the company. Even when we’re done something stupid that was our fault they have been great and generiously replaced it.

    We have a graco and Summers unit and they have both replaced something for us.

    And yes, by the end of the post I did forget allll about the monitor.

  6. Lisa Little

    Enjoyed the blog! Made me laugh, smile and hungry! Pictures & recipe was a great bonus! PS: loved the Mickey Mouse ears :) Now off to find some ingrediants!

  7. Michelle

    Mmmm, love those cookies. I usually make them with semi-sweet choco chips. But now I think I’ll have to try them with white choco chips. They are a favorite. Also, gonna tell hubby to buy me a big bag of Craisins the next time he goes to Sams Club. I usually get the small bag at the grocery store. Oh, and totally forget about the monitor. Hopefully, so did DanO! :)

  8. Kristin

    Those look delicious! I’m pretty sure my husband would go for those over a video recorder any day. :)

    And where on earth did you get that adorable owl sitting with your adorable little man? We’re doing an owl/tree nursery for our little girl who is set to appear in May and I’m fairly certain she NEEDS that owl!

  9. brittney

    YUM YUM YUM! My mom made these for the holidays and they were delish! I could totally go for just that bag of Crasins right now, though.

    And I adore the book OBaby has in front of him!

  10. Hannah

    mmmm! Favorite cookie recipe ever. I used to make those all the time. I should do that again this weekend…

  11. abby

    I NEED to make these! My mouth is watering!! I’m sure that DanO forgot all about the broken monitor after eating these!


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