Last month I renewed our membership to Costco. I’d been reluctant to re-join because we’re a family of three and we don’t save that much by buying in bulk. But I checked Costco’s travel deals, specifically the rental cars, and realized the membership fee would pay itself off by that alone. So I re-joined and once again, have the entertainment value of shopping at Costco. And it’s always fun, because you never know what you’ll find.
This past weekend Costco had giant bags of dried blueberries for $10.00. I don’t care much for dried blueberries, but it was such a good deal I bought the berries and used some in these cookies. They’ve got a great crunchy texture, but are on the sweet side so make sure you add the full cup of pecans to cut the sweetness. I think cutting the sugar itself might ruin the texture.
Crunchy Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup (96 grams) shortening
1/2 cup (96 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup (50-100 grams) lightly packed light brown sugar**
1 large egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3/4 teaspoon (3 ml) vanilla
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) salt
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) baking soda
3/4 cups (100 grams) all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups (120 grams) oatmeal
1 cup pecans, chopped and toasted
1/2 cup dried blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Cream shortening and sugar in a mixing bowl. When light and fluffy, beat in the egg, lemon zest and vanilla. Add the salt and baking soda; stir until very well mixed, then stir in the flour, followed by the oatmeal, dried blueberries and pecans.
Shape dough into small balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and bake 12-14 minutes or until golden.
Makes about 2 ½ dozen
**Revised. The original recipe used 1/2 cup of brown sugar, but I thought the cookies were a bit too sweet. I think they’d be better with 1/4 cup.