White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Thanksgiving has come and gone, even on an expat timetable. I think we hit it out of the park yet again. I’ll never not make turkey meatloaf. It’s just too good. Well, perhaps the pie didn’t go to well. In case you’re wondering, you can’t substitute custard powder for pudding mix. But we were all so delightfully full from dinner, I almost forgot about dessert. I never thought I’d write those words. 

With turkey day officially put to bed, we’re free to talk about all things Christmas without any awkwardness. We’re going to buy our tree next weekend because my husband is still very much the excited child when it comes to Christmas decorations. I’m a bit nervous about keeping a live tree healthy for that long, but we’ll just have to take extra care. It’s the shopping I’m most worried about though. I’m a terrible gift buyer. I just want to get everyone a book.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You know my favorite thing about any holiday is the food, and the best thing about Christmas is cookies. They don’t really have a Christmas cookie tradition here in the UK, and I think they’re definitely missing out. I think you should add these White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies to your holiday baking list year. They’re not only seasonally appropriate with their burst of red and white, but they also happen to be irresistibly delicious.

There’s no secrets or tricks to this cookie. They’re pretty standard in terms of method. They raise the bar on a more traditional oatmeal cookie, though. Dried cranberries are vastly superior to raisins, and though I’m normally not a white chocolate lover, the sweetness balances the tartness from the cranberries perfectly in this recipe. Make sure you’re using rolled oats and not instant porridge or oatmeal, otherwise you won’t bet the proper chewiness from your oats.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s bake all the things this year, friends, starting with White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. Keep it festive. Keep it awesome.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 32 cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies definitely deserve a place on your holiday baking list.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 1/2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 100 grams white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, and oats. Gently whisk to combine.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electrical mixer to beat together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until creamy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.
  4. With your mixer on it's lowest speed, slowly add in the dry ingredients until combined. Finally, mix in the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  5. I use a cookie scoop to scoop out walnut-size balls of cookie dough onto my baking sheets, leaving a couple of inches in between for the cookies to spread. I had enough dough for four batches of eight cookies.
  6. Bake your cookies for about 13 minutes or until they start to lightly brown around the edges. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an air tight container if you can stop your family from eating them all.
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Loco Moco | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re easing into the long dark of winter here in Scotland. The gloom doesn’t quite hit until after the holidays because we’re all battling against it with Christmas lights right now, but it won’t be long before it’s dark both when you arrive at and when you leave work. This is the time of year when I wonder why I ever left Hawaii.

In Honolulu, we would have started making more trips to Diamond Head Lookout to spot whales. We might start to close the windows in the house at night and get out a thin blanket for the bed, but we’d still be putting on sunblock every day and walking on the beach on a regular basis. Even when it rains in Honolulu, you know the sunshine will return before too long. It couldn’t be more different from Scotland.

Loco Moco | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Loco Moco is the simplest way to feel like I’m back in Hawaii. It’s such a humble dish, and while making it at home doesn’t quite compare to the true beautiful greasiness of a Hawaiian drive-in, if I close my eyes for a minute, I can almost see the palm trees swaying in the trade winds. And almost nothing is made worse by putting a fried egg on top of it..

All you need to do is make up some white rice (I made mine in the microwave because we don’t eat rice enough to have a rice cooker and I’m too lazy to wash another pot), cook up some simple and delicious hamburger steaks, use the drippings to make gravy, then fry a couple of eggs, making sure to leave yourself a beautifully runny yolk. Put that all on a plate or in a bowl, and go to town. One benefit of making it at home is that there’s no styrofoam container to throw of at the end.

Loco Moco | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I am grateful to live in Scotland for so many reasons, not least of which is how easy it is to travel to other beautiful places, which we could never do in Honolulu. I miss our Hawaiian home, but at least I can make Loco Moco from time to time to take me back.

Loco Moco
Serves 4
Loco Moco is the easiest way to bring Hawaii into your home, no matter where it is.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 servings white rice
  2. 1 pound ground beef
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  7. 2 tablespoons green onions, the white parts only, finely sliced (or scissored)
  8. 1 tablespoon oil
  9. 1 to 2 tablespoons flour
  10. 1 to 1-1/2 cups beef stock
  11. Salt and pepper to taste
  12. 1 tablespoon butter
  13. 4 eggs
  14. Green onions, the green parts, thinly sliced (or scissored)
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine beef, seasonings, soy sauce, and onions. Work quickly with your hands and try not to handle it excessively.
  2. Form into four patties.
  3. Add oil to a large skillet and heat to medium high. Cook patties about 4 minutes a side or to desired doneness. Just make sure you get some good browning on the outside.
  4. As your meat is cooking up, make sure your rice is ready to go. Divide your rice between four plates or bowls.
  5. Place a hamburger steak atop each mound of rice so that the juices will soak into the rice. Don't waste the flavor.
  6. Reduce heat to medium low on the remaining fat and delicious bits in your skillet. Sprinkle flour over the fat, just enough to absorb the fat and create a paste. Cook for a few minutes until the flour mixture turns brown.
  7. Add stock about a quarter cup at a time, stirring well to remove lumps. Also make sure you scrape up any bits off the bottom of the pan. They are full of flavor. Keep adding liquid until you get your favorite consistency and season to taste.
  8. Spoon your gravy generously over your hamburger steaks and rice.
  9. Add butter to a nonstick skillet and melt over medium low heat.
  10. Crack you eggs into the pan and season with salt and pepper if desired. Cook slowly until whites are just set for over sunny side up eggs, or give them a quick flip, just 15 seconds on the other side, for over easy eggs.
  11. Place on egg with its gorgeously runny yolk, on top of each gravy covered hamburger steak, and dig in.
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34 Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

34 Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

34 Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving always sneaks up on me here in Scotland because I’m basically the only person I know who even cares about its existence. It’s my favorite because the food is the star, and I don’t have to worry about finding the perfect gift or looking a certain way. I just have to put a beautiful meal on the table for people I love, and even though it can get stressful, it’s also so much fun.

I may be a failed blogger and a million years behind the times, but just in case I’m not alone in not yet planning my Thanksgiving menu, here are the 34 absolutely awesome recipes I’m going to choose from for my dinner next Saturday. Enjoy your days off, American friends. I’ll be at work remembering how thankful I am to have a job that allows me to pay for imported cans of pumpkin puree.

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Drinks

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice – for anyone who doesn’t want alcohol, or as a mixer for anyone who does.

Cranberry Mule

Cranberry Margarita

Apple Margarita

Orange & Amaretto Cider

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

Pumpkin Spice White Russians

Apple Brandy Punch

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

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To Get Things Started

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert

Cranberry Brie Bites

Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese – cut into cute little triangles for snacking

Cranberry Shoyu Sausages

Holiday Brie

Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The Main Event

Red Currant Glazed Ham – because there’s no law saying you have to serve a big turkey

Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy – for a traditional meal for a small crowd

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf – our family tradition

Rosemary Potato Rolls from Awesome on 20

Sides (obviously the best part)

Sweet Potato Rolls

Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Maple Butter

Rosemary Potato Rolls

Sweet Potato Gratin

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Desserts

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream – to go with all your pie

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Maple Cheesecake

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake – this one tastes most like traditional pumpkin pie

Baked Sweet Potato Brulee – simplest “dessert” of all time

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Pumpkin Cake

No-Bake Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cakes

Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Breakfast (for your overnight guests)

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Scones

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