A little bit tart, a little bit sweet and a lot delicious. This cookie recipe started as many things do, with what I had leftover in my cabinets. A friend had given us a tub of dried cranberries and I had half a bag of white chocolate chips leftover from when I was experimenting with Paul Hollywood’s Chocolate Cherry Loaf. To die for, by the way, but I need to work on shaping the dough.
Anyway, I wanted to use up the cranberries and white chocolate chips I had, and these cookies seemed the perfect way to do that. The only problem was, I ended up making them three times before I got the recipe perfect and ended up having to buy more dried cranberries and white chocolate chips to finish the recipe. Now I’m left with just about the same amount of cranberries and chips as I had when I started. So much for clearing out the cabinets. At least we get to snack on these truly tasty cookies for the next few days. 😉
Generally, I prefer crispy cookies. Those Swedish Double Chocolate Crisps you can get from IKEA or in the World Foods aisle at the grocery store are one of my all time favorite cookies because of their texture. My husband, on the other hand, prefers soft cookies. It’s always a bloody brawl every time we debate between whether Original Chips Ahoy or Chewy Chips Ahoy are better. Original! ;P
Even though I adore the texture of crispy cookies, I can still appreciate a good soft cookie and these definitely fit that bill. I’ll likely make a crispy version of them down the road, just to have another cookie to debate with my husband over, 😉 but these are definitely a winner as-is. You know you’ve got a good cookie recipe when you eat one, just as a taste test, and thirty seconds later you can’t help but go back for a second. That’s exactly what happened with these by the time I had tweaked the recipe for the third time. It reminds me of The Great British Baking Show when Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are tasting dozens of dishes to critique them. If they go in for a second bite, you know it’s a “star baker” quality recipe.
I’ve been so enamored with cakes and pies lately that I’ve just realized this is the first cookie recipe I’ve posted! That seems crazy to me, but there is so much more of everything to come! I’m really excited to look back at all of my posts in a year or so and see all of the recipes and projects I’ve complied. I can’t tell you how many times my husband has said something like “Remember those (random dessert item) you made forever ago? You should make those again.” and then I have no idea what he’s talking about. Thanks to the handy intranets, we should never have that problem again! Where oh where will the road of dessert adventures take us next?
A few things I found helpful for this recipe:
Do you prefer soft or crispy cookies? Original or chewy Chips Ahoy? What is your favorite cookie flavor? Comment below!