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Merry Christmas to YOU

11 Dec

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(That’s right… I make tablescapes for cookie parties. With deer.)

So friends. It may have come to your attention that Mary and I are going for round two on this blogging thing. I have to say, I have a feeling it is going to be less soup centric since 1) good lord, we have eaten a lot of soup and 2) variety is the spice of America (also known as, we feel like it).

With that in mind and in the spirit of the season, I bring you my very favorite Christmas Cookies (White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut with Dried Cranberries). They are delicious, you can make the argument that they are healthy because they contain both fruit and nuts (note, you are also wrong), and they are festive looking – essentially making them the perfect Christmas Cookies. I’ve had special requests for them at the annual Christmas Cookie party every year since I started making them, and still think I should have won the Snauffer Christmas Cookie Exchange with them in 2006 (I was robbed).

With only the further ado of a very fancy paper and styrofoam wreath (I swear, life after grad school feels like SO MUCH TIME), Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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White Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, and Macadamia Nut Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit
  • In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, cream 1 stick of softened butter, 1 cup packed brown sugar, and 1 cup white granulated sugar together until light and fluffy
  • Add 2 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla and beat until just combined
  • In a separate bowl, sift together 3 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and mix thoroughly
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture until completely integrated
  • Using a large spoon, fold in 1 cup of chopped macadamia nuts (extra points if you have the patience to roast them), 1/2 cup dried cranberries, and 1.5 cups of white chocolate chunks
  • Drop heaping spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and cook about 12 minutes
  • Let cool on wire rack and enjoy!