I had a hankerin’ for cookies with white chocolate, dried cranberries and pecans. So I made some. These would be perfect for the holidays, so they are my pick for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies this week.
The cookies turned out great and just how I wanted them. I made up the recipe by tweaking my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and adding the mix-ins I wanted. Use pistachios instead of pecans for an even more festive cookie!
White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies, by Katrina, Baking and Boys!
2 cups all purpose flour (240 grams)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 plus 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (5 ounces), room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar (135 grams)
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (112.5 grams)
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (2 ounces) pecans, toasted and chopped
1/2 cup (2 ounces) dried cranberries
4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars together for a couple minutes, scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla and beat together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Add the chocolate, cranberries and pecans, stirring them in with a spatula.
Roll 2 tablespoons of dough into balls (make them smaller if you’d like and adjust the baking time) and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-13 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for a couple minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen.
These are just what I wanted. I tasted one and as soon as they were cooled, I stuck the rest in the freezer for a church activity on Friday, and so I didn’t eat more. ;) Week 7—did you hear me, week 7 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies. Kind of like having just made another orthodontist appointment for Scott six weeks from now and the appointment is December 20. Any way you look at it—the holidays, they’re upon us, Folks.
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