“Christmas is always a special time around our house,” Cape Coral resident Alicia Reese says. “Even though I’m an adult now, my mother and I have held the tradition of going out on Christmas Eve to hand-deliver our festive cookies since I was a girl. Our friends and family love them and hand-delivering a homemade treat is a great way to spread holiday cheer! We usually make two different kinds, just to be sure there’s something for everyone.”
White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 cups quick oats (not instant)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1. Combine softened butter, brown sugar and sugar with an electric mixer.
- 2. Add egg and vanilla extract
- 3. Add cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour.
- 4. Fold in quick oats, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
- 5. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, placing about 3 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper.
- 6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, just until edges are golden.
1 cup butter (no substitutions)
½ cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract,
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1. In a large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy. At low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour and baking powder just until blended.
- 2. Divide dough into four equal pieces. Wrap each piece with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to roll. (Or place dough in the freezer for 30 minutes.)
- 3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On lightly floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough to 1/8 inch thick. With floured 3- to 4-inch mitten cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; wrap and refrigerate trimmings. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased large cookie sheet.
- 4. Bake cookies 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings.
- 5. When cookies are cool, prepare ornamental frosting if you like; use to decorate cookies as desired. Set cookies aside to allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store cookies in tightly covered container (with waxed paper between layers, if decorated) at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or in freezer up to 3 months.
Wrapping and Delivery
Festive boxes can be folded and stored all year. Alicia uses the kind with a plastic window so that the recipient gets a preview of the cookies. She then places a to/from card on top, made out especially to each loved one and signed from Santa. You can also use decorative Christmas cookie plates as a keepsake for recipients after they have eaten the cookies. If you choose a plate, wrap it in cellophane, tie with red or green curly string and place a sticky to/from label on top.