Something for Santa…or yourself!

25 Dec

Do you remember the last time you left out cookies for Santa? I honestly can’t remember the last time for me…maybe 9 or 10 years old? It seems like it’s been so long since I first found out that (cover any children’s eyes here) he doesn’t really exist. Even though you won’t be making these the big man in the red suit, there’s no reason not to bake some cookies for Christmas. After all the gift shopping, wrapping, card-writing and mailing, don’t we all deserve a little sweet something for Christmas Day?

I found this super easy but wonderfully tasty recipe for White Chocolate and Cranberry Recipes on All Recipes, submitted by Diane Abed. They’ve got just the right sweetness from the cranberries, plus I love that it calls for white chocolate instead of milk, dark or semi-sweet. I think white works best with a dried fruit like cranberry, but definitely try any other kind of chip of your choice. The recipe also uses brandy, but I replaced it with vanilla because I didn’t have brandy on hand. So if you’ve got a hankering for a twinge of booze with your dessert, use brandy. Obviously because the recipe has a good cookie base, it allows for flexibility in the use of additions. But the red from the cranberries and the white from the chocolate just make these cookies so perfectly festive for the Christmas holiday.

White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla (or brandy)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to to 375 degrees and grease cookie sheets or line them with parchment paper. Cream butter, brown sugar and white sugar in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (1.) until it reaches a smooth consistency (2.). Beat in the egg and vanilla (3.) and you’ll get a consistency like (4.). Combine the flour and baking soda, and then gradually stir it into the mixture (5.). Carefully mix in the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips (6.).

Spoon the dough in heaping spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet (7.). Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until just lightly golden brow and slowly doughy (8.). Remove and let cool slightly while on the cookie sheets, and then transfer to cool completely on wire racks. (Although I don’t blame you if you sneak some bites in while it’s still warm!)

Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday! (9.)

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2 Responses to “Something for Santa…or yourself!”

  1. lubos December 25, 2010 at 12:41 am #

    You should try some Slovak Christmas cookies, they are delicious! 🙂 http://www.slovakcooking.com/2010/blog/xmas-cookies/

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