Nutty White Chocolate & Peach Oatmeal Cookies

Every once in awhile, you just need to stop everything and make some cookies.

This recipe is from Food Network Magazine, May 2011.

Substitutions made, noted below.

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Nutty White Chocolate & Peach Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c packed light brown sugar
1/4 c packed dark brown sugar – I used all light brown sugar
1/4 c granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c dried peaches – I used dried apricots
1/2 c chopped walnuts – I used pecans
1/2 c white chocolate chips

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.  In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and mix on low speed until incorporated.  Slowly add the flour mixture, oats, dried peaches, walnuts and white chocolate chips and mix until combined.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  With wet hands, make 20 balls from the dough and put on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart.  Press down on the dough balls with the palm of your hand to make flat circles.

Bake the cookies until golden and still a bit tender in the center, 15 to 17 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let sit on the baking sheets for 1 minute, then transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.

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cartoon-strawberry-9I really love this take on an oatmeal cookie.  Sweet and chewy apricots.  Crunchy oats and pecans.  All around good cookie.

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G.O.R.P.

Every Thursday night I get to be a part of 30 to 50 you adults and leaders, where we share dinner, hang out and talk about life. It’s literally the best night of my week. Each week we pick a theme for the food, Mexican, Salad Bar, etc. Last night we had to bring food that starts with the same letter as your first or last name.

Even though it was my idea, I had no idea what to bring. Kiwi’s? Garden Salad? Kale Chips? Green Beans? I spent a couple days wishing my Kathy started with a C, chicken is just so easy…

Then yesterday morning it dawned on me – GORP! Good Old Raisin’s & Peanuts. A Girl Scout favorite.

I found a fun recipe on AllRecipes.com and revised it a little.

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G.O.R.P

6 c Rice Chex cereal
3 c pretzel sticks
1 c raw almonds
1 c dry roasted peanuts
1 c craisins
1 c dark chocolate M&M’s
12 oz white chocolate

In a LARGE bowl, mix cereal through the M&M’s.

In a microwave safe bowl; melt the white chocolate – 1 min at a time, until smooth.

Pour the white chocolate over the cereal mix 1/3 cup at a time and mix until all pieces are coated.

Turn out onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper until cooled.

Put the whole mix back in a giant, brightly colored bowl and enjoy!