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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

24 Jan

It’s been a while since I’ve headed into the kitchen to bake, but it was an especially cold weekend and the idea of freshly-baked cookies was too much to ignore. I had seen this recipe in Bite Me and I could hear it calling to me. The tartness of the cranberries contrast the sweet cookies beautifully. I can guarantee that once you make these for the first time, you are going to want to make them every weekend! (Sorry in advance to your waistlines…)

Yields 16 large cookies.

Ingredients

1/2 c softened butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1 large egg
1 ts vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 ts baking soda
1/4 ts kosher salt
1 1/2 c white chocolate chips or pieces
1 c dried cranberries

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixer (or with your mixer), cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar at medium speed. Add the egg and vanilla and mix til the batter is fluffy.
3. On low speed, add the flour, salt, baking soda, chocolate and cranberries. Mix until the flour disappears. DO NOT OVERMIX!
4. Drop heaping tablespoons on the prepared baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the edges start to brown.
5. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

Introducing: The Hot Biscuit!

23 Sep

The HB and I have been friends for over ten years and I have been more than happy to be her guinea pig and recipient of her extreme culinary generosity in that time. Of all the things she makes, I’d have to say her ginger cookies are my all-time fave:They are completely and utterly addictive. There is no other option but to eat however many you can get your mitts on. (And even with my tiny hands, I can grab a lot of these.) They are simple, not overly sweet and once you’ve had one, you’re going to want a lot more of them.

She also makes absurdly tasty pie. Come on: you know you want this lemon meringue pie…

And thennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, there’s the double  chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Yeah, those are no good, either.

Now, the HB likes to expand her horizons. Cookies, pies…they’re awesome and believe me, no one is turning them down. But the girl ALSO makes her famous chocolate salty balls: delicious truffles that are completely irresistible. She makes lemon tarts, brownies and crisps .

And her piece de resistance? A freaking three-tier wedding cake! Below is the test run cake that a few of us were fortunate enough to get our greasy paws on. As usual, she had nothing to worry about as the cake was rich, scrumptious and definitely second-helping-worthy.

It should be noted that she *is* taking orders. If you’d like to get in contact with her, let me know and I’d be happy to pass along your info to her! Believe me, you will not be sorry. The woman cooks with love and it shows.

Inspiration: Girlfriends

20 Aug

Two of my long-standing girlfriends? Oh yeah, they can cook. I have known these girls for 10+ years and, when I was in my “Cooking? Pffft.” phase, they would come over and show me that…well, I was being an idiot. There is a fairly well-worn story about how one of them came over, took one look at my fridge and forced me to sit there and help her clean out the whole thing. She was appalled and rightly so. The other wasn’t going to clean out my fridge, but she was sure going to show me that cooking could be easy and fun.

The Great Fridge Cleaner is the five-course-dinner-party-thrower, the experimenter, the “let’s-throw-stuff-together-and-I-bet-it’ll-be-delicious” cook. The Hot Biscuit can turn any ingredient into magic and loves to try out new items. But her specialty? Baking. We all look forward to our birthdays because we KNOW we’re going to get something home-baked and de-freaking-licious. (Best example: the pony-shaped cake she made for a friend’s birthday earlier this year.) Both women are confident in the kitchen and have, over the years, made some incredibly delicious food. The GFC introduced me to the simple pleasure of edamame and the less simple beef roast; the Biscuit makes the most addictive side dish on the planet: crack dip.

They have extraordinarily different personalities but they do share a love of food. The three of us in the kitchen is a pretty hilarious sight, usually getting in each others’ way (especially in my kitchen, which is annoyingly teeny). But both in their own way inspired me to get into the kitchen and just try it out. Whether it was showing me that a can of tuna could be transformed into something really tasty or how to make chocolate truffles, these ladies know how to be creative and fun in the kitchen…and isn’t that what it’s supposed to be?

Yep, that's a chocolate pony cake.

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