Walnut, Cranberry, and White Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Walnut, Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

In Life:

My oh my where has the year gone? Really! In the flash of an eye 2013 was here and gone. All in all it has been a really good year. I have little to nothing to complain about. In fact, I have many things to celebrate and be thankful for. So those are the things I choose to focus on.

I’ve made some pretty big decisions about my life and come to some key realizations this year. Some of these I’ve been able to reveal to you here on the blog, some are still being kept close to the vest. I promise, in time, you will know everything. Some things are just still in the works and aren’t ready to see the light of day yet. I’m guarding them closely until I can make more sense of them. Until I know exactly what they mean for me.

For now, I am living each day like it’s the most important day of my life. It may just be Wednesday. But it’s my Wednesday. It’s the only day I know I have for sure. So I treat it like it’s all that matters. I’ve committed to making every day count. Living it as if it were my last. Because you never know when that last day will come. I’m appreciating all the things in my life right now, big and small, welcome or unwelcome. Embracing what is has taught me to relax, open my mind and enjoy life more.

What about you? How do you feel about the year coming to a close? Good, bad, indifferent? Are you taking it one day at a time? Savoring the moment? Let me know in the comments below. I’d eager to hear your perspective on these things!

In Cooking:

Today’s one of my favorite recipe-related days of the year – the day we reveal recipes for the cookies made for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2013. This year I developed a recipe for one of my favorite cookies of all time – a walnut, cranberry and white chocolate cookie recipe. I love the ones they make at Mrs. Fields, and my goal was to make something similar. Let’s see how it turned out, shall we?

Walnut, Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

As with all the cookie recipes I’ve been creating lately, I used whole wheat pastry flour in this cookie recipe. You can’t really tell by the color of the dough, but I definitely could taste it in the final product. Since I am trying to use less and less white flour, it’s a taste I have learned to love and accept in my baked goods. It’s not that it tastes bad or anything, it’s just that the whole wheat flour does have a distinct flavor. As I said, I accept is as part of a “better for me” cookie. A cookie’s still a cookie, but I’m liking the whole wheat flour aspect.

Walnut, Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think that this cookie combination is typically done with dried cherries instead of dried cranberries, but the cherry-flavored Craisins were like half the price of actual dried cherries so I decided to go with them instead. I like cranberries and the cherry juice infusion on the cherry-flavored Craisins helps to sweeten them just a touch. I was really pleased with the overall flavor profile of this particular cookie.

Walnut, Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Otherwise, I don’t think there’s really much more to say about this cookie. I based the recipe on the ginger spice cookie I did over the summer. I was happy with that one and figured with slight modifications, this would work well. I pretty much use the same basic recipe for my cookies and just change out the flavoring ingredients. As Michael Ruhlman preaches, it’s all about ratios. Truly, that’s all it is with most baked items.

Walnut, Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’re interested in seeing who I swapped cookies with, here you go:

Who I received cookies from:

Who I sent cookies to:

Walnut, Cranberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Walnut, Cranberry, and White Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This walnut, cranberry and white chocolate chip cookie is the perfect holiday nibble snack. It's loaded with chunky ingredients and yields 3 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-12 oz package white chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cherry-flavored Craisins

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and kosher salt in small bowl.  Stir with a dry whisk to combine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, granulated sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stop the mixer as needed to scrape down the sides to ensure even and full mixing.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  5. With the mixer on a fairly low setting, gradually add in the flour mixture. Once incorporated, add the white chocolate chips, walnuts and dried cherries. Mix just enough to combine.
  6. Use a one ounce scoop to measure out cookie dough. Place onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Only place 12 cookies per batch.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Pull from oven and cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Prep:20 min

Cook:14 min

Total:34 min

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