Believe it or not, this year in August itself I started sifting through my “to try” list, which by the way seems to be growing at an alarming rate. There’s just so much out there that I’d like to try. So when I couldn’t wait any longer, I checked with April and Barbara of Barbara Bakes, I got to know that Brenda of Meal Planning Magic is hosting our Christmas bake along this year. I got in touch with her immediately and she promptly sent me the details (She’s also designed a button just for this occasion). And so here we are, at week 1 of 12 fun weeks of Christmas Cookies. I do hope you stop by to check out the weekly party. And if you’d like, you can be part of the fun too. Simply leave me a comment and I’ll send you the details. The more the merrier. So put on those aprons and bring out those mixing bowls and let the festivities begin.
For this week, I decided to try out these White Choco-Cherry Cookies. They looked so festive and I had all the ingredients handy, which made it easier. The dough is very easy to make and I think its a fairly versatile cookie. You can switch the type of chocolate, fruit as well as nut to suit your liking. I stuck with the original recipe and just made one change, I didn’t have macademia nuts so I used pistachios. I think the green of the nuts and the red that the cherries added made for a very Christmassy looking mix, don’t you think?
The cookie turned out to be a nice soft one, slightly chewy on the outside and a little softer and cake like on the inside, which made for a nice change from the crunchy cookies. I loved the textures that the chocolate chunks, candied cherries and roasted nuts gave it. When I make these again, I will just cut down on the sugar a bit since I don’t like my cookies too sweet and the white chocolate and candied cherries add a fair bit of sweetness to it. I’ll probably try some bitter chocolate instead of white next time. What do you think?
White Choco-Cherry Cookies
Adapted from: Mom’s Crazy Cooking
Yields about 16-18 cookies
1/4 cup butter, softened (not melted)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt (Since I was using salted butter, I just added a pinch of salt)
1 tbsp milk
1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
1/4 cup candied cherries, chopped
3/4 cup white chocolate chunks
Preheat the oven to 170ºC.
Line a cookie sheet with some baking paper that has been greased.
With an electric whisk, cream the butter and sugars together till light and creamy.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until just combined.
Add the milk and mix.
Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until just combined. The batter will be a little stiff.
In another bowl, combine the chocolate chunks, cherries and nuts and then add to the dough, stir gently only till the ingredients are well distributed.
Using a tablespoon, drop cookie dough onto the greased cookie sheet about 2″ apart.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Do stop by and check what the others have whipped up this week.