Monday, December 20, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Sweets: White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies

I tried a new cookie for Christmas last year and it became a new staple for our family. With the cranberries and white chocolate chips it fulfills a holiday cookie in appearance too.  I made a couple adaptations to a recipe from Allrecipes

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 or 2 cups vanilla baking chips*
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup dried cranberries
In a medium bowl set aside flour, baking soda and salt.
Cream together white sugar, light brown sugar and butter (do not use shortening). Add slightly beaten eggs and vanilla.
Add flour mixture until just mixed. Stir in vanilla chips, macadamia nuts and dried cranberries.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place on ungreased cookie sheet by small scoop or rounded teaspoon. Bake for 10 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven and let cool. Cookies will sink slightly.
 *Note:  I vary this because I sometimes like it with more chunks of white chocolate.  You may start with 1 cup or add more if you love white chocolate.  If you do not have an orange, orange craisins are a great alternative.  

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