Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies has become a tradition in many homes year round and is also popular during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Chunks of  white chocolate hit your taste buds, while warm and slightly spicy hints of brandy tickle your tongue. Plus with cranberries in full season, taking advantage of these sweet-tart garnet gems just makes sense.

 

With Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies,  any brandy will work great, we are just looking for flavor naturally, with these; Cognac, Armagnac, and Kirschwasser (a cherry brandy) are particularly fantastic. To give a little extra flavor I add a teaspoon of the brandy directly to the cranberries in a dish prior to mixing them in for approximately  2 hours, to let the cranberries soaked in. If you want, you can forego the brandy altogether and just use a teaspoon of vanilla extract and they’ll still taste great.

 

Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

 

 

Ingredients for Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup of brandy (to soak the cranberries in, then saving 1 1/4 teaspoons of it for later)

1 cup of dried cranberries

1 cup (two sticks) of butter, room temperature

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

3/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

1 cup of white chocolate chips

Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Method of baking Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

1 Put the cranberries in a wide and shallow bowl, pour in a bit of brandy. Enough so they’re surrounded by it, but not drowning. Cover and place in the fridge for an hour or more. Afterwards, place a colander over a bowl and pour the cranberries and brandy through, putting the cranberries and the brandy they soaked in aside.

 

2 Preheat oven to 375°F. Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and beat again until light, fluffy and well incorporated.

 

3 Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and add 1 1/4 teaspoons of the brandy that the cranberries soaked in (as for the rest, I suggest popping it in a glass and topping it off a bit for yourself). Beat well until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl midway through to ensure even mixing.

Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt, then add to the mixture a bit at a time, beating until just mixed. Fold in the brandy soaked cranberries and white chocolate chips. Let chill for 15 minutes in the fridge.

 

5 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (a baker’s best friend) and place rounded spoonfuls down on the sheet. Bake at 375°F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adding the baking soda separately seems to form softer Brandied Cranberry, White Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Several Suggestions From Readers:

Several have written that the cookies puff up as you bake them this is normal they fall as they cool.

It has also been noted that this recipe is not the sweetest of cookies.

Also that 375 F seems too hot for this recipe.

Here are my suggestions:

These are defiantly not the sweetest cookies, it is the cranberries that through off the sweetness.  The puffing up should then drop as they cool giving them that collapsed look like in the picture.

2 suggestions that I have found useful:

1) if you like sweeter, as I do, through in a handful of Splenda into any recipe and it will do wonders for the sweetness level without adding calories.
2)  drop temp 25 F if using a dark non-stick cookie sheet
Remember the best cookies are the ones you fool around with the recipe on, the ones that you and only you do in exactly one way.  A dash of this the addition of that makes even chocolate chip cookies your own.  Try experimenting, you may be surprised and if you come up with something everyone loves, send it in we will publish it!

 

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