Blueberry White Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Cookies - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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Okay, quick break from my travel series to share a recipe.
It’s a little bit strange getting back to being in the kitchen after many days away and traveling.

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As most of you know, I’ve been in San Diego for the past week. Ironically enough, my father had booked tickets to a concert in Spokane the day I returned so it feels like even longer since I’ve been back to my typical daily routine. I’m not going to lie, it’s been really nice to get a change of scenery. On the other hand, I do like a little routine to help me stay more productive, so a mixture of the two is perfect.

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Another nice thing about traveling this time of year is escaping the cold weather. I remember telling you guys recently before leaving that it had been unusually warm here. Well, as I suspected the Winter isn’t quite done yet and my sister and I got home to some bitter temperatures. In fact, last night’s low broke records. It was about -7 degrees Fahrenheit. Let’s just say the beach sounds really good about now.

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While I was traveling I talked to so many people from all over the world. I guess California attracts all kinds. Tell me if I’m wrong, but I’d say for the most part the world is starting to rely more and more on technology and the internet. I mean, just simply navigating in the city, my sister and I were using our phone’s GPS and using them for Uber, and staying connected to family. Not to mention sharing bits of the trip with you guys.

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That’s why it really surprised me that so many of the people I talked to asked me what a blogger was when I told them that’s what I do. I don’t know, I just thought it was more common these days. When I was living in South America it was more understandable for people I met to be unfamiliar with blogging, but I’d have thought in San Diego it wouldn’t be such a mystery. Granted, most of these people were a little bit before my generation, but still. Hmm, guess we’ll have to give it another decade or so, right?

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My sister’s birthday is this week and she and my brother-in-law just got home from a trip of their own to Seattle. On their trip they ate a Cheesecake Factory and ordered the Godiva cheesecake. She loved it so much that I’m going to try a little copycat version, so that just might have to be a recipe appearing on the blog soon.

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For today though, I’m sharing these oatmeal cookies that I made before I left for California actually. The past few weeks, in case you haven’t noticed from this salad and this berry filled trifle, I’ve been really getting in the mood for an early spring and I think my recipes have been reflecting that.

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So something we love to do up here, during the warmer weather days mid to late Summer, is pick the mountain huckleberries that you can find growing wild up in Sandpoint where my aunt and uncle live. I’d really hoped to go with them to pick while I was staying with them through the summer. Of course, my 4-wheeler accident changed those plans a lot so I wasn’t able to pick any this past season to freeze for later. I mean, you can buy them from the local markets but they cost an arm and a leg (and you’d understand why once you’ve spent a whole afternoon for a single bucket full.)

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So my older sister created a family favorite when she decided to make huckleberry white chocolate cookies one year, and now they are a seasonal must.

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Now that we’re getting closer to berry season again I wanted to make something similar to her recipe but without having any huckleberries i thought I’d try using some blueberries instead. Just until I get huckleberries + they can be interchangeable in this recipe) Almonds have been on my radar a lot recently too so they made their way into these cookies, and the white chocolate is clearly non-negotiable. Ah yes, and I decided that some oats to make them feel a little more wholesome for snacking.

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‎The final cookies were pretty perfect if I do say so myself. You get the tart pockets of baked blueberries, the creamy sweet bites of white chocolate, and the nutty crunch from the almonds with the oatmeal cookie base to balance it all out. Yep, perfection.👌

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Blueberry White Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Cookies


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: about 24 cookies

Nutty, tart, sweet, and wholesome. These cookies have it all and they make the perfect treat or snack for anytime of the day.

Ingredients

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (*see note)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup slivered almonds

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Cream butter and sugars together in bowl of stand mixer (or with hand mixer). Scrape sides of bowl and add egg; beat until well combined. Add vanilla, soda, and salt then add the flour one cup at a time and beat after each addition.
  2. Then add the oats. (If you are using a hand mixer you may have to hand stir the last cups of oats into the dough.) Stir in the berries by hand and then chocolate, and almonds and line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  3. Roll the dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons each, and place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet. I like to top with some extra berries, white chocolate, and almonds, but that's optional.
  4. Bake for 14 - 16 minutes until edges just start to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes before moving to cooling rack.
    Notes

*You can replace the blueberries with another similar berry such as huckleberries, boysen berries, and I've even done blackberreies and raspberries. (You can use fresh berries if folded in carefully but for larger berries it's best to use frozen to keep them from making the dough wet and sticky and ending up with what my brothers like to call "zombie cookies" as they'll be all purple. Still delicious though😉 )

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Those look amazing. I love cookies, chocolate, almonds and blueberries! Is that what you call a win,win,win,win situation?

any time the Old Dog stops by my posts, that is totally a win/ win!

It looks delicious. One of the key feature of happiness is good food.

thanks so much @introvert-dime

These cookies looks very delicious. Photos are also great. You look to be great at both cooking and photography. Outstanding!

Thank you so very much @monajam!

I did it. I made them and your recipe is the BEST!!!

Adding the oatmeal:

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No blueberries but double the amount of white chocolate chips:

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awesome, that is fantastic @joannereid, I am so glad it worked for you. Thanks so much for sending me photos

My husband ate 6 before I got the second pan out of the oven and said they were the best he ever ate.

That should actually be in her post :)

Nothing is nicer than a delicious breakfast to start your day
I liked the ingredients looks delicious .. well done on the pictures
Great post .. thanks

thanks so much for the great commenting @slimanepro

I Love It!

thanks so much for commenting

I know! blogger and crypto, I wouldn't expect this to be a surprise to San Diego people. Maybe you should also tell them that you are a talented chef!

that's very kind of you @liwen12345, thanks so much for reading my post

Taste the best when you have bad day. 😍

well, I hope you don't have bad days @rhubarb

OMG these are great

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Can't wait to see the cheesecake recipe!

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Oh my good! Those cookies look so delicious!! 😍😍😍😍

I love oatmeal cookies! It is a perfect idea if you don't have time for breakfast in the morning. Just grab it and you can eat it on the way to work. Blueberries, white chocolate and almonds- perfect match! 😊

I am glad you thought that my ingredients were a 'perfect match.' Thanks so much for the continued support @xuanito

I'm totally with you on the part about technology making our lives easier. I remember the days when I used to have to carry hundreds of pieces of paper with me when I was travelling - boarding passes, bus tickets, hotel confirmations, important phone numbers etc. Now it's all in my phone. Even entertainment things like books, ipod and sudoku have been replaced. So much easier to travel light these days.
That's interesting that you met so many people who didn't know what a blogger was. I think you're right that it's the older generation. I'm amazed how so many people have no clue about the social media platforms that make up 80% of my life. Still, like you say I imagine in another generation there won't be anyone who doesn't know about blogging. And hopefully we'll all be famous as a part of blogging history :D

fantastic commenting @victoria-kelly. People cannot seem to grasp that you can get paid for writing. We'll all be famous? well, I don't know about that, but maybe. Again, amazing commenting, thanks so much!

Thanks for the great posting! :)

thanks so much for commenting @victoria-kelly

Beautiful cookies! I love all ingredients, but I haven't made cookies like these before, I'm definitely gonna bake them soon! 😍
BTW, - 7°F??? What? Brrr ❄️❄️

thanks for stopping by and reading my post @annaskitchen. I hope you give them a try and better yet, make your own post about it, that would be fantastic. I'm not sure if you could add zucchini or not though LOL. Yeah, a tad bit cold at the moment. But, Spring is around the corner

I have two chocolate chips and zucchini cookie recipes! :D :D I'll post them soon!
Yeah, that would be awesome to create a zucchini, oatmeal, blueberry, almond and white chocolate chips cookie recipe! :))) 🍪 🍪 LOL! I'm not sure that would work, but sounds great!

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Looks delicious as always! I want the cheesecake recipe! I love cheesecake. I'm waiting! Ahahah

I can't promise when, but it will be coming. Thanks so much for reading my post @crissimoes

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Beautifully photographed @gringalicious and it look deliciously amazing everyone would be happy and satisfied after eating that ...

Yo! 😻😍😳That looks 💣💥yummy! Thanks fo the post @gringalicious !🙌🙏now I'm hungry

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Lovely and yummy!

I mean this is what you relax with after a very crazy day.

This would go so well with my cold yoghurt anyday anytime

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Those cookies looks amazing! And i love cookies <3

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i love choclates hehe

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Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm the oatmeal cookies lover. Should try this out

yes, you should try this out

Yummy 😋
Amazing

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thanks and welcome to Steem

Very interesting to see the images of these cookies. Satisfaction comes just by seeing and even before eating it.

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Wow yummy. Very nice and wonderful photography.

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Thanks

Wow, those cookies look so delicious. I wish the steemit community will have a shop where we can order these cookies. The recipe is awesome, I will try it because the look of these cookies are yum, yum, yum!

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cookies looks so tasty and wonderful photography :)

thanks for commenting

These look delicious !!
I'm also trying to start food blog.
But i need a lot of practice.
Would you care to look at my recent food blog? No upvotes needed. Just your views.
Thanks in advance @gringalicious

wow nice photography
i like it very much
thanks for sharing it
i am wating your next blog
keep it on

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Wow wow wow, it's a yummy morning. Can I taste some?

I'd love to share @apiprincz !

I love ur generosity. thanks

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They look delicious. Does anybody know how they are made? @gringalicious #steemit #introduceyourself

thanks for commenting and welcome to Steem

I like cookies.

good to know, perhaps you're like one in a million

They are perfect in the morning with coffee or milk :)
Thank you for another tasty recipe. Have a great day!

you have a good point, they would be great with coffee, great idea @allesia

Beautifully photographed @gringalicious and it look deliciously amazing everyone would be happy and satisfied after eating that ..have a nice dayDQmavEYxhkcSJ1NZknoGKdQtmihXwBj15iufN3cH4aW3Fhm.gif

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Perfect

Ooww..yummy bluberry white chocolate

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Looks delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe for these cookies @gringalicious

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wow tasty plastic cake this want try it. thanks her recipe information.

These look freaking heavenly! haha Can't wait to try out the recipe!

I hope you do and in turn make your own post about it, that would be awesome @theaudgirl. If you do, make sure to contact me so I can help promote it.

You got it! Maybe I'll even do a compilation of a few of your recipes for one video, since there are a few I want to try. :) I will let you know!

Yum! So back when I used to bake all the time, before the allergies, muffins were my thing! I loved topping them, with crumble, streusel, nuts or a drizzle of chocolate or glaze. Then we would often pick at the top of the muffin before digging into the rest. These cookies remind me so much of the best part of a muffin! The almonds & blueberries are just so scrumptious-looking! I'm really hoping my daughter can eventually get to eat oats again. They are so versatile and used to be her favorite breakfast! Thanks for sharing!

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They look gorgeous!!! Thanks for the recipe, I just posted an apple oatcake recipe, check it out :)

thanks so much @grandadscookbook. Give us some more photos

I just posted my new cheesecake recipe, with more photos and lots of love in it :) check it out

Most times i wish i could teleport to other countries if not for other reasons but for the foods there.
Really yummy and creamy

The images are superb
Thanks for shearing

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These cookies are actually perfect for the winter!! 😍😍

I think you have a valid point @zizzy-beth, thanks so much for comenting

Mmm...am I weird for thinking these would make delicious muffins? Of course, you'd have to vary the recipe a bit to make them lighter.

thanks for commenting and I hope you are successful at making them lighter @geekpowered

Oh, yummy blueberry white chocolate. It isthe creamy sweet bites of white chocolate, and the nutty crunch from the almonds with the oatmeal cookie base to balance it all out.

Thank you so much @ajay03!

Oh! My pleasure.

Lol, danger. Caught this post when I'm hungry. Now I'm hankering for cookies. When's your cookbook coming out? lol. Sure you've been asked that before. Glad you had a fun and safe trip to San Diego! Saw you two get to some beautiful beaches down there.

Yes, it was a great trip, thanks @mikesthoughts!

The cookies look great. I life up by Vancouver way and so we get huckleberries too. They are delicious in muffins but take forever to pick. So hungry now for a cookie:) Wishing you a great night:)

You as well @prydefoltz. Stay warm.

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its so beautifully done loved it nice photography along adding the charm to it :D

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More thank you for recipe ! Cookies look very appetizing! I'll try to cook at the weekend )

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yummy !! thanq for sharing the recepie

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I love Blueberry White Chocolate this is vey tasty ,,,Extra-ordinarily beautiful foodphotography That looks like a nice i appreciate this

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Wonderful post and excellent recipe. Thanks

Thanks for the recipe. It sounds pretty healthy and delicious. Beautiful photography too.

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delicious cakes, may @jhoni cook it, thanks for sharing @gringalicious success always for you, and happy to keep friends, very beautiful.
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Thanks @jhoni!

Excellent post and cookies always make me happy to see around :D

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I just finished my lunch and after seeing these cookies i feel hungry again, that's not fair 😅😅 really nice recipe dear.thanks

Haha, sorry about that, but glad you like them @thecryptotrader!

It's all right dear, waiting for more delicious dishes 😅

ummmm, so tasty, so yammy, i like it,
@gringalicious

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