Wednesday, 26 November 2014

White Chocolate, Cranberry, and Pecan Holiday Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies

A few years ago, I used this chocolate chip cookie recipe to woo a handsome man on our fourth date. It must have worked, because that was the night we "became official," and now we're married! I attribute this more to our compatibility than to the cookies, but I do believe they helped things along.

I have gone back to this recipe again and again, and I have found that the batter is great for swapping in all kinds of different ingredients. This is a new favourite combination of mine. The white chocolate, cranberry, and pecans work perfectly together to provide the perfect contrast of sweet, chewy, and crunchy.

After these have been in the oven for a few minutes, your entire home will smell like Christmas! These would be great to take to a church event or a holiday party.

White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies

Baking ingredients

Preparing the Cookies

Freshly baked cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies 

Yield: Approximately 2 dozen cookies

3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 large eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the white sugar, brown sugar, butter, and blackstrap molasses. Add vanilla and eggs and mix thoroughly. 

Sift the flour into a medium sized bowl. Add the baking soda and sea salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture, stirring under the batter has formed.

Add the white chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans, if using. 

Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on two non-stick cookie sheets.

Bake for 18 minutes at 350F. Rotate top and bottom cookie sheets halfway through the baking process.

And there you go! Wonderful holiday cookies ready in under an hour.

Do you have any holiday treats that you love making? Share them in the comments! I am always on the lookout for a good holiday recipe.

Christmas cookies

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