Sourdough Cookies times two!


Making sourdough cookies was one of the first things I tried after I got my starter - and so I am so excited that this month's Sourdough Surprises is all about cookies! Just like how there are countless cookie recipes out there, there are a lot of variety in sourdough cookies, too. There were so many that I wanted to try, but I thought my family might stage a coup if I made only sourdough cookies for Christmas. In the end I tried two - a peanut butter cookie topped with a chocolate kiss, and one for a spiced oatmeal with cranberries and orange zest!


The Peanut Butter cookies were great! I was a little worried about them when I started adding the kisses to the cookie, it seemed like they were getting over-baked, even though they didn't look like it. I reduced the cooking time, and the cookies still seemed really "stiff", even though they were hardly over-baked. Even eating them straight from the oven they seemed crunchy. I was kind of disappointed in them until I ate one later that night and they were utterly perfect! You can't really taste the sourdough tang, but you can tell there is a greater depth of flavor in the cookie. 



The Spiced Oatmeal cookies were easy and fun to make. I love that they included a "souring" time, which greatly enhanced the sourdough taste of the cookies. 



Cranberry Orange Spiced Sourdough Cookies (Just Making Noise)
1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 cups whole wheat flour
1.5 cups oatmeal
1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp sea salt
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cloves
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
zest from 1 medium orange
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped

In a medium bowl, mix together the starter and butter.
Add 1 cup of flour and the oatmeal, stirring to incorporate.
Continue adding flour until you have a thick dough.
Cover and allow to sour for 8 or more hours.

Preheat your oven to 375F.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, eggs, sugar, vanilla, sea sal, cloves, cinnamon, orange zest, ginger, baking powder and baking soda.
Pour the mixture over the soured dough and mix (using your hands is easiest for this) until well incorporated.
Stir the cranberries and walnuts.

Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper lined baking sheets.
Bake 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden.
You may also spread the whole batter into a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes to get bars. 
Cool on a wire rack and Enjoy!


Peanut Butter Sourdough Cookies (Pink Peony
1 cup starter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, mix together the starter, peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the starter mixture and combine.
Roll the dough into balls and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
Pull the pan out of the oven, plop a kiss in the middle of each cookie and place back in the oven for just a few seconds, until the chocolate just starts to look shiny.
Remove to a wire rack and cool.
Enjoy!



11 comments:

  1. Mmm...chocolate and peanut butter, my favorite combination :-). And the cranberry orange ones look delicious too. Nice job!

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  2. Your cookies look so Yummy! What a Great idea!

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  3. So often with baked goods, the full flavour doesn't come out in the beginning, but after a rest, they're wonderful. I'm glad your peanut butter Kiss cookies turned out well and they look so pretty! I like all the flavours in the cranberry orange cookie as well.

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  4. Love the cookies! I may have to make the peanut butter ones for a friend who is obsessed with the pb + chocolate combination.

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  5. Yum! I love oatmeal cookies - and the cranberry-orange give it a nice touch for Christmas.

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  6. Funny, I'd never even considered using my starter to make cookies before this month. Bot of these look great but the peanut butter ones in particular are calling my name...

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  7. Oh my gosh, peanut butter blossoms with sourdough - that sounds awesome. And those oatmeal cookies... they look like they are packed with delicious flavor and bursting with delicious goodness! Amazing choices.

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  8. I bet the oatmeal ones were good with cranberries. I thought of using them in mine but just decided to save my cranberries for bara brith.

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  9. Wow! That is amazing! I would never have thought to use sourdough in a cookie. Looks really good.

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  10. I have never had a sourdough cookie in my life, but of course you had to make peanut butter cookies, making me lust after them. I can imagine how well the 'tang' works with the peanut butter. Love the cranberry spice cookies too! Hopefully I can get a good SD starter going in 2013, and start joining in again (well..I only took part in one so far) Wishing you and your family a wonderful, happy and safe holiday!! xo

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  11. I just made the peanut butter ones with hazelnut chips and they are yummy!!

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