These healthy oatmeal cranberry cookies scented with orange and covered with white chocolate are the ultimate holiday cookies. Loaded with rolled oats and dried cranberries, they make a healthy sweet treat. What’s more? You will get about 30 cookies within an hour!
1/3 cup + 5 1/2 teaspoons (100 g) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
4.4 oz (125 g) dried cranberries
1 1/2 tablespoons (25 ml) orange juice
For the decoration:
10.5 oz (300 g) white chocolate
To toast almonds, heat oven to 355 F/180 C. Place whole nuts on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Remove almonds from the oven and let cool. Increase the temperature of the oven to 375 F/190 C. Prepare two baking sheets covered with parchment paper.
To make the cookie dough, chop dried cranberries in half and soak in orange juice. Chop toasted nuts into big enough pieces (1/3 inches/0.8 cm). In a separate bowl, mix almonds, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, salt, and set aside. Place butter cut into big pieces, sugar, and orange zest in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on medium speed for about two minutes. Add the almonds/flour dry mixture to the butter/sugar preparation and mix at low speed, just to combine. Add the soaked cranberries and mix for a few seconds. Bring the ready cookie dough on the floured surface of a table and make a ball with hands. You might need to add some flour to facilitate the work with the dough.
Take half of the dough and roll it out with a rolling pin to reach the thickness of 1/5 inches/0.5 cm. Cut the dough into rounds, using a round cookie cutter of 2.5 inch/7 cm in diameter. Arrange unbaked cookies on baking sheets with the parchment and bake for 18 minutes. Remove ready cookies from the oven and let cool. Finish the remaining dough in the same way.
To decorate cookies, melt white chocolate on a bain-marie/water bath. Pour one tablespoon of melted chocolate on top of each cookie and spread with the back of a spoon. Leave cookies for about one hour at the room temperature for the chocolate to set.
Beat butter, sugar, and orange zest with an electric mixer and then mix the dough in a bowl, using a rubber spatula if you do not have a stand mixer. It works!
Use dried cherries instead of dried cranberries.
Replace almonds with other nuts such as hazelnuts, pistachios, or pecans.