Cranberry and white chocolate cookies #5 A week of christmas cookies

“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”- Oren Arnold.

Yup. A whole week of cookies for Christmas. For seven days, I will be sharing my favourite recipes for my favourite cookies for my favourite time of the year. There’s a good mix -traditional and not so traditional , nutty and spiced and sweet , cut outs and hand shaped and dropped. I’d like to think there’s something in here for everyone. These are cookies that taste great , look festive and are perfect for gifting and making ahead. Because tis the season to be jolly …fa la la la la la…cranberry and white chocolate cookies

When I first decided to do a Christmas cookie series, this cookie was actually not part of it. But my trials with fruitcakes had left behind half a pack of dried cranberries that kept beckoning to me. They found their way into a cookie that was good enough to make the cut into my Christmas cookie week !

Cranberries and white chocolate are a perfect match . I have paired them before in these delicious biscotti too. The thing is, white chocolate can get a bit overwhelmingly sweet for some (some includes me) and in this cookie , the bits of tart cranberries balance it out perfectly. So each bite is a little bit of sweet , a little bit of tangy. Just like life should be!

cranberry and white chocolate cookies

This is a simple drop cookie. The recipe uses both brown and white granulated sugars. You could use only white (paler , firmer cookie ) or only brown ( chewier , darker , more caramel-y flavour ) . But I thought a mixture of both gives a great texture and flavour as a not-too-sweet bases fo all that white chocolate and cranberry . You could use white chocolate chunks if you want those gooey pockets and can chop up your cranberries small too , so you don’t get too big a jolt of sweet or tart.  

Thick and chewy , these overloaded cookies taste superb and look festive too !

Cranberry and white chocolate cookies
Yields 25
Thick and chewy cookies withs smooth white chocolate and tart dried cranberries in each bite!
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Ingredients
  1. 115 grams or 1/2 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature
  2. 100 grams or 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 50 grams or 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 egg, at room temperature
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 160 grams or 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  7. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or chunks
  10. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C/ 350 F.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or grease well.
  3. Whisk or sift together the flour , salt and soda. Keep aside.
  4. Using a wooden spoon or electric mixer , beat together the butter and sugars until soft and fluffy.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla, beat until incorporated.
  6. Add the flour mixture and beat at low speed until a dough forms.
  7. Fold in dried cranberries and white chocolate.
  8. Form balls of the dough (about 1 inch diameter) and place 2 inches apart on cookies sheet.
  9. Bake until golden brown , around 14-16 minutes.
  10. Cool on sheet for 5 minutes and then completely on a wire rack.
Notes
  1. These can be stored for about 5-6 days in an airtight container.
  2. These cookies spread so space them well apart!
  3. I got 25 cookies of about 2 inches diameter with this recipe.
  4. Recipe can be doubled.
  5. The cookies will seem soft when baked , but will firm up after cooling.
  6. For softer cookies , make bigger dough balls and make only until lightly golden around edges.
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cranberry and white chocolate cookies

These golden brown cookies have crisp edges and  chewy insides . Both the smooth white chocolate and the tart cranberries are perfect cookie add-ins any time of the year  , but are particularly holiday appropriate ! Taste wise and colour wise!

6 Comments

    • Hi Aditi , for cookies I preheat and bake in “bake” mode . If you own a Morphy Richards over, thats the picture with a fan in the centre and two rods above and below (at 1 0 clock position on the dial). Always bake on the middle rack!

  1. Beautiful treats from you Akshatha!! Though not many people in my house, after going through, I really want to bake one of these just so I want to taste. Keep doing what you enjoy most!

    • Sunitha… your message made me feel so good.. there aren’t many people in my house either , i just bake and give to friends and family. I love baking and love sharing even more. Thanks for your lovely message! Hope you do try something on here!

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