Last week I was watching Food Network Nighttime and caught an episode of Unwrapped that featured patriotic foods. I tuned in at the middle of the segment on Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Each year they make a cookie with dried cranberries, dried blueberries, and white chocolate. They looked amazing! So naturally I needed to make them gluten free.
I had just received my free sample of Jules Cookie Mix from the promotion she recently ran and couldn't think of a more perfect recipe to use. I stopped by the Farmer's Market and bought the dried cranberries and blueberries, which were just bursting with flavor. Using Jules new cookie mix made whipping up the batter a snap. I just added eggs, butter, and shortening to the mix and voila! Delicious cookies.
I made the entire bag, which made about six dozen cookies. I used a tablespoon of batter, which was probably a bit much, because they spread while baking. The spreading didn't ruin the cookies at all, they turned out to be light, crispy, buttery goodness! With the exception of Babs, everyone I shared them with eats gluten and they raved and raved about them! They didn't miss the gluten at all.
Star Spangled Cookies
*recipe adapted from Nestle's Tollhouse
2¼ cups Jules gluten free all purpose flour
1½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 sticks of softened butter
¾ cup sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup white chocolate chips (I used Nestle's)
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until well blended.
Add eggs, one at a time, to the butter/sugar mixture, beating well.
Gradually beat in the flour mixture.
Stir in the dried fruit and white chocolate chips.
Chill batter in freezer or refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Scoop teaspoon sized of batter on parchment or foil lined cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on cooking sheet for a few minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
I'm actually about to make another batch (yes, they were all eaten up, and the weekend isn't even over yet!) for my family's holiday BBQ and my niece's 1st birthday! What's your favorite patriotic recipe or tradition?