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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

White Chocolate, Cranberry and Seasalt Cookies

Poppin' fresh out the kitchen. Not pictured: cat trying to lick cookies. 

Oh. Em. Gee.

Here I am. Back again.

It’s been only – oh 6 months? Clearly, a lot has happened. First and foremost, I decided to stop being such a lonely bummer and to try and get involved and get busy with things. This led to the second and secondmost change: running for public office. Which shockingly led to the third: winning. Fourthly, fifthly and sixthly, I became much busier, ended up on another City Board and had to learn to manage my time all over again. Which I think I have gotten the hang of since the new year.

I was warned against ‘blogging’ lest it somehow tarnish my minimally noticed public persona. I thought about it for awhile, and obviously didn’t go right back to blogging. But I thought, what the heck – I don’t say anything offensive, everyone likes tasty things, and if someone doesn’t like my food, well gosh. That’s just the risk you take.

So here I am – back on the blogosphere (blogiverse?) with a guaranteed to delight, totally in-offensive, charm offensive cookie. Inspired by the oh-so-delicious Starbucks white chocolate and cranberry bars, here is a tasty, treat: White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. I saw these while flipping through a cookbook I own and decided to give them a whirl. BTW the cookbook 'Salty Sweets' is on sale right now at Chapters and it is a fantastic cookbook. Everything I've made in there has been delicious and turned out perfectly. Especially these cookies. I’ve made them about 5 times now and they are fantastic. Decadent without being too rich, a little different, and really easy to make.

In conclusion:

Oh. Em. Gee.

2/3 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt

1 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup cranberries
a few more pinches of seasalt

other things you will need:
bowls, spoon, for mixin'
measuring cups
two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper

  1. Preheat your oven to 375. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and mix or sift together.
  2. Cream together your butter, sugars, and vanilla. Once they're combined, add in your eggs, one at a time until thoroughly mixed. 
  3. Slowly add your flour mixture adding it a bit at a time until it's totally combined. Add your cranberries and white chocolate chips and stir. 
  4. Arrange balls of cookie dough (don't eat too much!) on your cookie sheets  and top with a pinch of seasalt. Bake for approximately 9 minutes. Makes approximately 35 cookies

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