The â€œgo big or go homeâ€ version of a rugged Alaskan cookie, the Alaska Big Dipper is a mountainous oatmeal cookie filled with sweet and savory treats including dried Alaskan high-bush cranberries and dried wild Alaskan strawberries, white and dark chocolate chunks, glazed pecans, peanut butter chips and crunchy rice krispies. Dipped in a rich snow-white chocolate glaze, these hearty cookies will surely remind you of The Last Frontierâ€™s beautiful snow-capped mountain landscape.
OnÂ Monday eveningÂ I baked all three of the cookie creations that I came up with, and BY A LONGSHOT the Alaska Big Dipper was the winner. Even Ellie liked them better (and she helped make them all!). So, I’ve officially entered these cookies into the Better Homes and Gardens State Cookie Contest – please, go vote for Alaska Big Dippers! Just “like” the BHG Live Better page on facebook and VOTE ALASKA! :) You can vote once per day through July 27th at 5pm EST. Share this with your friends, and your friends’ friends, and your friends’ friends’ friends… you get it. :) (If you like this recipe, or love all kinds of sweets, use this Williams Sonoma promotional code to help satisfy your cravings!)
As promised, here is the delicious recipe – go, bake, have fun!
Alaska Big Dipper Cookies
Prep Time: 10 min; Cook Time: 15-20 min
1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
1/4 cup white chocolate chunks
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried strawberries
1/4 cup glazed pecans
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1 1/2 cups rice krispies
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Now, I used a kitchenaid for alllllll of these next steps, but if you’re old school you can do everything by hand! Cream together the butter, white and brown sugars until it reaches a fluffy consistency. Add the egg and beat well. Add in the vanilla, beat well. In a separate bowl, mix up the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add this dry mixture to the butter/sugar mix. Now, your base recipe is completed. From here, simply add in the remaining ingredients one at a time, mixing well between each addition – save the rice krispies for last! When everything else is finallyÂ in the bowl, add in the rice krispies and mix juuuust a tiny bit (so they don’t all crunch together!). Scoop onto cookie sheets and bake: 12-15 min for smaller cookies, 16-20 min for larger (Alaskan-sized) cookies. *As a side note, I used the Better Homes and Gardens cookie sheet, and it was awesome – the cookies baked evenly and slip right off the sheet, no greasing required.* When cookies cool, dip in melted white chocolate. Mmmmm…
This batch made 9 ginormous Big Dippers; feel free to double the batch if you’re cooking for a crowd! Enjoy!
Please go vote for Alaska Big Dippers in the Better Homes and Gardens State Cookie Contest HERE!