Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies & Week #2 of the Christmas Treats Blog Hop!

Soft, chewy, and slightly sweet are the three words that come to mind when I think about these cookies. They would make a beautiful holiday gift, partly because they're filled with cranberries and white chocolate, which are always delicious. The best part is that they're quick to make too, no chilling in the refrigerator and waiting. Just mix, scoop, bake, cool. Easy? yes. These would also be a lovely addition to an assorted cookie tray.

At one place where I used to work we made cranberry pistachio white chocolate cookies. They are amazing! We only made them at Christmas time and people loved them. This recipe is not that recipe. But, I think it's better. Feel free to toss in some pistachios if you feel the need, the saltiness is a nice addition. This time around I just made a recipe with the cranberries and pistachios for a different flavor. I may or may not have eaten about six of these within 20 minutes of them coming out of the oven. To be honest, I lost count of how many I ate. I loved them way to much and promptly told my husband he had to take some to work the next day to get them out of the house. He forgot them of course. Now I have to eat them all.

This week 2 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop. The hop is hosted by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic. She's kind enough to orchestrate the whole hop and let all of us be a part of it. If you would like more information on how to join the hop check out her site and she can help you get everything you need.

First the recipe, then the hop :) Happy baking and exploring!

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
Makes 20-22

- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 whole egg
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 325F. In the bowl of a mixer, blend together the butter, sugars, and vanilla for about 1 minute until fluffy. Add egg, mix until combined.
2. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix until completely blended (dough may look soft).
3. Stir in the chocolate chips and cranberries. Scoop into mounds (about 1 ½ tablespoons) on a cookie sheet about 2” apart. Bake 13-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Do not overbake or the cookies will be crispy on the edges. The cookies may not look done completely but they will set up as they cool and remain chewy. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Printable recipe

This is an original recipe

This recipe may be linked up to:

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· Crazy For Crust - Crazy Sweet Tuesday’s
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· Mandy's Recipe Box - Totally Tasty Tuesday's
· A Pinch of Joy - Busy Monday Link Party 
· House of Hepworth's - Hookin up with HoH 
· Cups by Kim - Sweet & Simple Sunday  
· Couponing & Cooking - Mealtime Monday 
· What's Cooking, Love? - Showcase Your Talent Thursday 
· Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo - Anything Goes Linky
· Chef in training - Tuesday Talent Show
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· Six Sister's Stuff - Strut Your Stuff Saturday
· Something Swanky: Desserts & Designs - Sweet Treats Thursday 
· A Slice of Southern - Southern Sundays 


  1. Yum! These are some beautiful cookies! I'm happy to be baking with you this year!

    1. Thanks Dawn! I'm so glad you could stop by. I'm happy to be baking with you too! :)

  2. I love the idea of using pistachios with white chocolate. Since we don´t have cranberries, it will be the perfect substitution. Wonderful treat!

    1. The pistachios really add some crunch and saltiness that is nice with the chocolate. Thanks for stopping by and the compliment :)

  3. These have been on my list to make for over a year now. I just CANNOT seem to find cranberries anywhere. Hopefully I run across some so that I can make these soon.

    1. I hope you can find some too! It's a fun combination for cookies :)

  4. Um, you had me a cranberry. They sound delicious!

  5. I made something like this last year - i found them a little sweet. I can't wait to try this version out.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think if you try them out :)

  6. Yum! I love this flavor combination! It's also great with some orange zest thrown in ;)

  7. I love dried cranberries and white chocolate! I will definitely be making these this holiday season!

    1. Let me know what you think of them when you make them :)

  8. This sounds like a wonderful cookie -- love the white chocolate/cranberry combination! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!


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