Cranberry White Chocolate Walnut Cookies

I am back in the Bay Area for the holidays and excited to bake in my parents’ huge, nice kitchen. I’m a broke graduate student again so I decided to bake some treats for everyone as gifts! I adapted Food Network’s White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies Recipe with it’s festive colors and awesome combination of flavors to make these big chunky cookies. 2014-12-22 23.22.40

Ingredients (with adjustments I made):

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips — 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped — 3/4 cup walnuts pieces, chopped

Most of my family and friends don’t like “overly-sweet” foods and white chocolate are especially sweet compared to regular chocolate, so I lessened the amount. The store did not have macadamia nuts (*sad face*) but walnuts were a worthy replacement. 

2014-12-22 21.36.35Leave it to my Chinese mother to hand me a giant cleaver, when I asked for something to chop the cranberries with…

2014-12-22 21.51.32Start off by creaming the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar together until it’s nice and fluffy. Next beat in the egg and then 1 tablespoon of vanilla. 

In a separate bowl sift together flour and baking soda – then add in the flour mixture spoon by spoon to the butter/sugar mixture.

2014-12-22 21.56.11With a spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the white chocolate, cranberries, and nuts. It should be a pretty thick dough so be sure to mix the ingredients evenly.

To make large gift-worthy cookies, drop heaping spoonfuls (about 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons) of dough onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I was able to make about 20 cookies. Bake in the oven at 350°F for about 12-16 minutes.
2014-12-22 22.06.51When they have a nice golden edge, take them out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes- they will still be very soft! Use a flat spatula and gently transfer them to a cooling rack.

I couldn’t help but taste test one while they were still warm! Mmm! The cranberries give it a sweet-tart flavor, the white chocolate is sweet and smooth and the walnuts give it a nutty crunch!
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These cookies will disappear quickly, so make extra for your friends, Santa, co-workers (or yourself!)2014-12-23 00.25.10

 Wishing you all happy holidays! – Sweet Therapy

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