Jacquelynne Steves

Super-Duper Chunky Pear, Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies

Super-Duper Chunky Pear Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies- Jacquelynne Steves

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OK, seriously- I think the name says it all! This is a soft cookie full of chewy dried fruit, crunchy nuts, and sweet white chocolate chips. My husband couldn’t stop telling me how good they were. And, I think they are just a little healthy because of all of the fruit and nuts in them.

I used dried pears from the Oh Nuts! company. While I was chopping up them up, I couldn’t stop munching on them…. they were really moist and chewy and delicious (and healthy, let’s not forget that.) My daughter likes to throw a few in a small bag with dried cranberries for a grab ‘n go snack. Our verdict: Delicious!

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Super-Duper Chunky Pear, Cranberry & White Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup chopped dried pears (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4  cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Stir together oats, flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger. Set aside.

Place 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl. Add chopped pears and toss together well with your hands so that the pieces of pear are coated with the sugar and separated from each other (you don’t want any “clumps” of pears- the pieces will tend to stick together.) Add the walnuts, cranberries, and white chocolate chips and stir together. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla and combine well.

Add flour mixture to butter and sugar a little at a time. Stir in fruit mixture.

Drop cookie dough onto baking sheets by rounded tablespoonfuls, about 2″ apart.

Bake 14-17 minutes until golden and set in the center. Allow to cool on tray for about 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 7 dozen small cookies.

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10 Comments

  • Jennifer
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    These look so yummy (and “healthy”, right?). Thank you for sharing the recipe, I will have to give them a try.

    Your photography is wonderful – looks like a food magazine!!

    • Tracy
      Posted July 30, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      They have fruit! Of course they are healthy! ;)

      • Jacquelynne
        Posted July 31, 2013 at 7:59 am | Permalink

        And don’t forget the nuts- nuts are very healthy :)

  • Jacquelynne
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Jennifer, totally “healthy!” At least that’s when I tell myself when I’m eating my 10th one for the day :)

  • Christine
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I love white chocolate, and the idea of having them with pears and cranberries sounds delicious!! And I agree with Jennifer, your photography is great!

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted July 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Christine. The white chocolate adds not just sweetness, but a nice texture in addition to the chewiness of the dried fruit.

  • Jacque
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness….you are such an enabler. LOL These look awesome!

  • Jacquelynne
    Posted July 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha, Jacque…. If I gain 20 pounds, I’m taking you all with me….

  • Nancy Anderson
    Posted October 29, 2015 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Will try making the cookies another way. I love pears, too, but when I tried to order from Oh Nuts, found they wanted just under $50 to ship one pound of pears and another pound of orange slices, a $15 order, and not even by Priority Mail. Wow! I live in Hawaii, where we do a lot of mail order purchasing and I know usury when I see it.

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted November 2, 2015 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      Oh no! That is very high for shipping! I’m sure you can come up with a substitute- any dry fruit will work :) Maybe, being in Hawaii, you could do dried mango or something?

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