Thursday, January 31, 2008

Because "Hootycreek" is so fun to say

I received a collection of cookie recipes for Christmas, and this one looked good. It had some of my favorite ingredients (dried cranberries, oatmeal, chocolate) and had a cute name.

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies
from the 2007 we energies cookie book

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg (or 1/4 cup egg substitute)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup uncooked quick oats (or old-fashioned)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chips (see below)
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream butter; beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, salt and sugars; gradually blend into butter mixture. Stir in cranberries, chips and pecans. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges start to brown. Cool on wire racks. Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

I didn't have the white chocolate chips called for, so I substituted semi-sweet morsels and topped the cookies with the last of the chocolate brown jimmies from the annual family cookie-decorating experience. They turned out absolutely delicious. I'll put white chocolate chips on my next shopping list; I can't wait to try the original version!
But what is a hootycreek, anyway?

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Blogger Jill said...

Yumm! I'm totally stealing this!

1/31/2008 6:18 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I don't know what a hootycreek is, but it sounds slightly obscene. But wow... those cookies sound so good. And God help me, I have all of the ingredients already. Didn't you know I'm dieting? :)

1/31/2008 6:56 PM  
Blogger Flea said...

Hootycreek! Hootycreek! Hootycreek!

You're right! That IS fun to say!

1/31/2008 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These DO sound delish.

Isn't Hootycreek where Hoochie Mama was born?

2/01/2008 8:34 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Just to let you know... I made these myself this afternoon and thought of you. They were so delicious. I only had one because of the diet, you know... but the rest are going to a nice lady who is giving me a bunch of stuff she posted on Freecycle, and it seemed like a nice thank you present.


2/07/2008 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made these cookies and wondered why they were so bland. I had to go look for the receipe in the enegies cookie book and found that the reason was the receipe didn't have the 1/3 cup of brown sugar listed, while the cook book does.

12/19/2009 3:30 PM  

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