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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – Christmas Cookie #4

Okay so I’m a little behind on my 12 day’s of cookies challenge to myself, but that doesn’t stop me from continuing on. 

Today on the 6th day of cookies I baked Apple Orange Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. I made these using Williams-Sonoma Apple-Orange Cranberry Relish.

Apple Orange Cranberry Relish from William Sonoma
Apple Orange Cranberry Relish from William Sonoma

The idea for these cookies came about when my Mother attended a Williams-Sonoma cooking demo. I don’t know what the demo was about but apparently the presenter mentioned that the Apple-Orange Cranberry Relish could also be used in oatmeal cookies. My mother thought that sounded like a good idea, and was telling me about it.

Ingredients for the the cookies
Ingredients for the the cookies

The Apple-Orange Cranberry Relish is a great side with turkey on Thanksgiving, and even a really good sandwich spread afterwards. I’d never thought of using it in baking, even though it has a tart/sweet taste. Since I still had some relish from Thanksgiving I though what the hey, let’s give it a try.

Creaming the brown sugar and butter
Creaming the brown sugar and butter

The problem is I couldn’t find a recipe which specifically called for the relish. However I did find a Cranberry Apple Oatmeal Cookie recipe on Jelly Toast. The recipe was a good fit for what I wanted to do. Although the original recipe sounded so good with the fresh fruit, I went ahead and used the relish instead. Because of course that was the goal, to use the left over relish.

Adding the Cranberry Relish to the batter
Adding the Cranberry Relish to the batter

The original recipe called for a 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries and a 1/2 cup of fresh apples. I was worried since the relish is more liquidy that adding 1 cup would make the cookie dough to sticky and such. Therefore I only added 1/2 cup of the Apple-Orange Cranberry Relish in place of the fruit. Now that I’ve made these I would say that it could have used a bit more relish. I might try it again with a full cup to give it a little more cranberry flavor.

Apple-Orange Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal cookies infused with William-Sonoma Apple-Orange Cranberry Relish
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  1. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  2. 2/3 cup of brown sugar ( I used Splenda Brown Sugar Blend)
  3. 1 egg
  4. ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  5. 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
  6. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  7. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt
  9. 1 ½ cup of oats
  10. ½ cup of Apple-Orange Cranberry Relish by William-Sonoma
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, egg and mix well to incorporate.
  4. With the mixer on low, gently add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until just incorporated. Add oats and mix again until oats are incorporated. About 30 seconds.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the cranberry relish into the dough.
  6. Drop the dough by the 1/2 tablespoon onto the baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges turn a light golden brown.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool.
  1. You could try this 1 cup of cranberry relish for more cranberry taste.
Adapted from Jelly Toast
Adapted from Jelly Toast
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 One other substitution I made to the recipe from  Jelly Toast, was the flour. Their recipe called for 1/2 cup wheat flour and 1/4 cup all purpose flour. Since I only ever by all purpose flour and am extremely lazy I used 3/4 cup of all purpose flour. I’m sure this changed the taste ever so slightly of my cookies from the original, but they tasted good to me.

Cookies ready to bake
Cookies ready to bake

I always line my baking sheets with foil and some cooking spray. I’ve never had any of my cookies and such stick to the pan doing this. They seem to come out great, this way although most recipes say to use parchment paper to line you baking sheets. 

My husband said that the cookies tasted more like a pumpkin cookie than oatmeal. This is odd because there is no pumpkin in it. However, I can see what he means. The cookie had a Thanksgiving taste to it. The cinnamon and brown sugar made gave it a slight pumpkin pie taste and the cranberries made you feel like it was a dish from Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving taste wasn’t bad, in fact it was quite good indeed, and they smelt heavily out of the oven.

Cookies straight from the oven
Cookies straight from the oven


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Akram Taghavi-Burris

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