To me, white chocolate and cranberry are food soul mates. They just belong together. And they make for perfect Christmas treat bedfellows. You can make just about any dessert white chocolate-cranberry and not only would people love it, but it would look super festive on any table or cookie tray.
These are just a twist on a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe which I usually adapt from Nestle.
Fun Fact: The chocolate chip cookie was invented by a woman named Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1938. She owned a restaurant called the Toll House Inn. During WWII, soldiers from Massachusettes (where the Toll House Inn was located), shared the chocolate chip cookies from their care packages with other soldiers. Soon they were requesting them from their families who then inundated Ms. Wakefield with requests for her recipe! After her recipe became so popular, she contacted Nestle and struck a deal: they would print her recipe on the back of all their chocolate bars (she originally used a chopped up bar of chocolate and they used to include a chopping tool with each bar) and she would get a lifetime supply of chocolate. When Nestle started producing chocolate chips for the purpose of cookies in 1941, they printed her recipe on each bag. The recipe you see on the bag now is Wakefield’s original recipe.
Now, on to the recipe:
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cranberries
½ bag of white chocolate chips
In a bowl, cream together your butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. One at a time, add your eggs and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt. A little at a time, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combined.
Finally add in your white chocolate chips and cranberries until evenly dispersed in the dough.
You can then drop by spoonful onto a lined baking sheet and bake. I, however, love to use an ice cream scoop. It makes for a bigger cookie and they always come out perfectly soft and loaded with whatever mix-ins you are using in your cookie.
Either way, bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until done.
Let cool as long as you can hold out and then devour.