Friday, December 4, 2009

baking cookies

The Christmas baking has started in our house. Last week I made Jamaican Fruit Cake (not because anybody really likes fruit cake, it’s just so traditional . . .) and Cranberry White Chocolate Pecan Cookies – these are ABSOLUTELY the best cookies, ever. I got the recipe from a neighbour back in 2001, and I’ve made them every year since. I thought I’d share the recipe with you:
To Die For White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup softened butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup white chocolate chips
½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
Combine flour, soda and salt in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, beat butter, sugars and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate, cranberries and pecans. Drop by rounded tbsp onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in 375 degree F oven for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown. Let stand on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire rack.

For some reason, the recipe says it “can be doubled, but don’t triple it”. I’m not sure why . . . pretty sure I have tripled it in the past . . . Anyways, this time I doubled it because I ran out of white chocolate chips which aren’t available here (that’s a hint for anybody who wants to send me some.
Yesterday, I baked Butter Tarts, Cranberry Pecan Tarts, Shortbread Cookies and good ol’ Sugar Cookies. It was Sofia’s first time cutting out cookies – she had a great time. Hopefully we’ll get to frosting them tomorrow night!
Isn’t she adorable? Life has been going really well around here lately – it seems as if she’s turned a corner in keeping her reactions in check (saving the drama for the more-warranted occasions). She’s been very cuddly, and all the kids have been trying to be more helpful around the house and less argumentative. Yay!
Our temperatures have finally dropped. Yesterday, Joel and his friend found this in the backyard.
Have a nice weekend!


Kristine said...

Thank you for that recipe! Someone brought me cookies that sound just like those when Maria came home. They really are delicious!

Sounds like a delicious time at your house!

Kristine said...

Oh and thank you for the advice about the hamster...I am still undecided...but I don't think I need one more thing to take care know?

tammy said...

those cookies sound delicious! thanks for sharing. you are making me want to start some christmas baking!

Cheri said...

Happy baking! I'm missing you all!

Purplestamper said...

Jayde and were baking yesterday too. I put too much flour in the mixer and hit high speed by accident. You will have to check out my blog later for evidence. Enjoy..baking isn't my thing, however i do it for Jayde (and well the cookie exchange. I think I will try your recipe it sounds divine. Mmmmmm
Happy First Advent this sunday too. :-)

kate said...

I didn't even READ the recipe since the title sounded YUMMY...and we have neither white chocolate nor pecans. Sniff. Someday.

Jackie said...

Thanks for the recipe they sound delicious! I think my husband would enjoy them. :-) I don't know how I missed it, but I just saw the video of Stefan and Sofia dancing and it is adorable. That is something you will want to have and cherish forever!

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