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Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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It started out as a totally normal week..

Seriously, who hasn’t had days like these?
Still, I wonder, can we really

“have it all”

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Paperwhites.. my favorite scent at Christmas..

and is it really worth it?

And often I think, something’s gotta’ give.

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..and a few Amaryllis

So… anyhooo…

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… votives and candles everywhere…

After an intense four 8 hour days straight of house shopping with awesome clients,
I’m finally back in my own home, just in time for our neighborhood Christmas party..

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… a Christmas wreath to hide the missing painting

which also happens to be at our house this year.

Why, you ask?

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..more candles and greens..

Because I volunteered.
{ Why does it always seem like such a good idea at the time? }

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… ornaments tossed around candles

Fortunately, my awesome family cleaned the house while I was driving hither and yon,
so all I had left to do was the “good stuff”.. decorate, bake and cook.

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… ornaments hanging by ribbon from the dining light fixture

And, as always, despite my initial moment of stress.. I was so glad that I had volunteered.. it was great having all the neighbors over before Christmas!!
In fact, I plan to do this more often.

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These little Christmas cookies appear in various iterations everywhere.
So I tweaked a few recipes and made this one more to my liking…

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I changed out the handle for a more Christmasy look (Anthropologie)

Starting with chunks of white chocolate..
chunks are always so much more appealing than little white chips..

and I had to add walnuts, I’ve got a thing for walnuts these days
and I have absolutely no idea why.

The colors of this cookie look suspiciously like the last cookie I made.
I must have a “thing” for red in cookies as well..

Did you know that the color red can raise your blood pressure?

{ “Take care of your heart.. and tell the women in your life to do the same.” }

Red is also the symbol of passion, desire and love..
now that’s so much more important, don’t you think?

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… this one will be in the Christmas baking line-up from now on, it’s my new favorite!

Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Cook time
Total time
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted and softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bread flour (you must use bread flour*)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (4 oz) white chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. In a large mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy.. Add the sugar and beat on medium-high until fully blended. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add the large egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides again. Add the two types of flour, the baking soda and the salt. Turn on medium-high and mix until the flour is fully worked in.
  3. Add the cranberries, white chocolate chunks and walnuts. Either blend on low or fold by hand until everything is mixed together. If the dough is too loose, add an additional 1/4 cup flour. Place the dough in the fridge for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F.
  5. Scoop in small spoonfuls (about 2 tablespoons) onto a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for about 9 minutes, only until the edges of the cookie are slightly browned. This leaves the centers soft and fluffy once they cool. Allow them to begin cooling right on the cookie sheet, then gently transfer them to a wire rack to finishing cooling down.
  7. This dough may be sealed in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


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