Q: Some years ago the annual holiday contest had a white chocolate cranberry cookie winner. It's one of my favorites, but unfortunately. I misplaced the recipe. Can you help?
--Charlene Jernegan, Flossmoor
A: Yes, I can! I thought at first that the recipe you wanted was a brownie-like bar submitted in 2001 by Elizabeth Holmes. It won third place in the contest. You'll find Holmes' recipe below.
But a subsequent e-mail exchange prompted me to go back through the archives because you described the recipe as creating a drop cookie and using ground oats white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. That led me to this 2003 recipe from Cynthia McKinley, the second place winner that year: White chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries. Dried cranberries can be substituted. That recipe is below, too.
Looking to do some more cookie making and baking this season?
Recipes from the 2013 Holiday Cookie Contest are available on the Chicago Tribune website. Some of the winning cookie recipes from previous years are available in a Chicago Tribune ebook, "Good Eating's Holiday Cookies." Chicago Tribune DigitalPlus members receive complimentary access to all ebooks; visitors and DigitalLite members can purchase titles individually.
White chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries
Prep: 25 minutes.
Cook: 10 minutes per batch
Yield: 5 dozen
Cynthia McKinley's recipe won second place in the 2003 Holiday Cookie Contest.
2 1/2 cups uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon each: baking soda, baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1 cup each: granulated sugar, packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (12 ounces) white chocolate chips