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.
Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Spice Sourdough Cookies
Jenni lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her amazing husband, two girls, two dogs who think they are children, and a feisty cat. She is the creator of The Gingered Whisk, a recipe blog dedicated to finding easy, healthy-ish, and tasty weeknight meals that kids and adults alike will love. She is super passionate about helping every member of a family learn to love great food. When not cooking, eating, or thinking about food, she is often hiking around area parks, creating intricate legos castles with her girls, watching nerdy tv with her husband, or curled up in a corner somewhere reading a good book.