Rosewater, Pistachio, Cranberry, Blueberry & White Chocolate Oat Cookies

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Wow! That’s a mouthful of a recipe title for sure! However, it does tell you exactly what’s in the cookies I made, doesn’t it?

Inspired by the original recipe by the finalist of the Great British Bake Off, Holly Bell, which is incredibly versatile and can easily be altered, depending on your mood and fancy.  Last night, I decided to go a little Persian with some wonderfully fragrant Nielsen Massey Rosewater, some delicious green pistachios from Sainsbury’s, along with some cranberry & blueberry mix which I’d bought from Holland and Barratt and some creamy chunks of Callebeaut white chocolate.  The recipe made about 21 cookies (I forgot to count before we started eating them, still slightly warm from the oven, sorry!)

 

  • 250g Butter, room temperature
  • 150g Soft brown sugar
  • 1½tsp Nielsen Massey Rosewater
  • 150g Self Raising flour
  • 230g Quaker Porridge Oats
  • 100g Cranberry & Blueberry mix
  • 100g White chocolate chunks
  • 100g Pistachios, chopped

Rosewater, Pistachio, Cranberry, Blueberry & White Chocolate Oat Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 160ºC.
  2. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper (I used 4 baking sheets and baked them in pairs).
  3. Cream the butter and sugar, along with the rosewater until light and fluffy. (I was watching The Fall on BBC iPlayer as I was baking, can you tell?!)  It’s much easier to use a hand mixer when creaming your butter and sugar, and I use my Kenwood K-Mix one.

Rosewater, Pistachio, Cranberry, Blueberry & White Chocolate Oat Cookies

  1. Add in the flour and oats and stir to combine fully.
  2. Gently stir in the cranberries, blueberries, chocolate chunks and chopped pistachios.

Rosewater, Pistachio, Cranberry, Blueberry & White Chocolate Oat Cookies

Rosewater, Pistachio, Cranberry, Blueberry & White Chocolate Oat Cookies

  1. Take out plum sized balls (I used a level table spoon measure for my cookies).
  2. Place the cookies on to your baking tray and flatten them out roughly to about 1cm thick.  You need to leave about 2cm between them to allow them to spread a little.

Rosewater, Pistachio, Cranberry, Blueberry & White Chocolate Oat Cookies

  1. Bake for 16 minutes.
  2. The cookies will still be soft when you remove them from the oven, so allow them to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes.

Rosewater, Pistachio, Cranberry, Blueberry & White Chocolate Oat Cookies

  1. Remove the cookies to a cooling tray and leave until cold.
  2. Store in an airtight container, but you won’t be able to resist them for too long!

Rosewater, Pistachio, Cranberry, Blueberry & White Chocolate Oat Cookies

This recipe uses Nielsen Massey rosewater which had previously been sent to me as a gift, along with other vanillas and flavourings.

Cranberry, Blueberry & Chocolate Flapjacks

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After watching Nigel Slater making flapjacks on TV this evening whilst making dinner, it put me in the frame of mind to make some myself.  This one uses my basic flapjack recipe with added fruit and a treat of hidden chocolate.

175g Butter
175g Molasses sugar
125g Golden syrup
350g Porridge oats
200g Cranberry and Blueberry mix
100g Dark chocolate drops

1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C.
2. Heat the butter, sugar and golden syrup together until the sugar has melted.
3. Mix in the porridge oats until thoroughly coated.
4. Stir in the cranberries, blueberries and chocolate.
5. Pour into a lined baking tin, 30cm x 20cm.

6. Bake for 30 minutes.
7. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.

8. Cool on the rack for a further 10 minutes, then mark into individual sized portions.
9. Cool completely then cut into individual pieces.

Cinnamon & White Chocolate Flapjacks

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I’ve had flapjacks in my head for a few days now but fancied baking them with a bit of a seasonal spice twist, so I changed my basic recipe a little bit.
I used Organic Green & Black’s white chocolate and FairTrade cinnamon and brown sugar.
150g (6oz) Butter
150g (6oz) Soft brown sugar
80g (3oz) Golden Syrup
300g (12oz) Porridge Oats
5ml (1tsp) Cinnamon
150g (6oz) White chocolate, chopped into chunks.
1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
2. Melt the butter and sugar in a pan with the golden syrup.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the porridge oats, cinnamon and chocolate.
4. Press into a 24x30cm tin, making sure the top is level.
5. Bake for 30 minutes until golden in colour.
6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes.
7. Mark into squares.
8. Allow to cool for another 10 minutes in the tin.
9. Turn out onto a wooden chopping board & cut the squares through completely.
10. Allow to cool completely (or if you really can’t wait, nibble a piece as a cook’s perk while its still warm!)
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