I think it’s safe to say we can stop saying the holidays are approaching and finally accept that they are here. The best part of this? The excuse to eat delicious and utterly gluttonous food and do I have the recipe for you!
One of the very best parts of the holiday season is the flavors. Rich chocolate, cranberry, cinnamon, peppermint. I can’t get enough.
This recipe combines quite a few of them together and may be one of the best holiday treats I’v ever had.
Excuse some of the grainy iPhone photos – I had my camera but left my memory card some place else. Rookie mistake.
You will need:
- 3/4 C butter
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C white sugar
- 1 TBS vanilla
- 1 Egg
- 2 C flour
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1/2 bag of dried cranberries
- 1/2 bag of white chocolate chips
Beat butter, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy
Add vanilla and egg.
Continue mixing on low speed and add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Unstick the dough from your mixers (it’s almost the consistency of play dough and add your cranberries and chips.
Mix on low until completely blended.
You may have to sample the dough at this point. You know, to make sure it’s up to your high standards.
Maybe one more sample. Just to be absolutely sure.
Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.
While that’s chilling, can we talk about a few things?
For starters, how great is my Christmas apron? I know it’s bad to start celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving but who could pass up the appeal of little Gingerbread Man faces. I certainly can’t!
Also, my new record! You know by now that I love listening to records when I bake, especially at the holidays.
Some of my favorite Christmas memories happened with Charlie Brown music playing in the background so when I saw Barnes and Noble had a special Charlie Brown Christmas record, I Road Runnered over to the store immediately!
How cute is this:
No other album will compare now.
Anyway, back to why we’re all here. Cookies!
Pull your dough out of the fridge and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Take about a TBS size ball and flatten it a bit (they don’t spread that much) and space them out on your baking sheets and bake them for 8 – 10 minutes.
Pull them out and let them sit on the baking sheet for another 10 minutes. Don’t skip this step!
Trust me, they’ll continue to bake through and if you remove them too soon, they’ll be too gooey and fall apart.
After they’ve cooled, you can make holiday cookie plates for friends and family.
Or, you know, eat them all yourself.
It is the holidays after all and who can resist gooey chocolate?
Do you have any good holiday recipes to share? From now until Christmas, all I want to do is bake so don’t hold back on me!
These would be a great Thanksgiving treat too. Served with a side of pie. After all, calories don’t count from now until January 2nd!