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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Yippee!!! 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies is here again - White Choco-cherry Cookies

Can you believe it? Christmas will be here soon enough. Yes, its just about 13 weeks away. And you know what that means. It means that once again, its time for our "12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies" party. Last year, just a few days after I started this blog, I got to know that April of Abby Sweets was hosting this amazing 12 week long event where each week, the participating bloggers made a cookie or candy of their choice to fill their platters for the holiday season. It was so much fun. If you are like me and sometimes like to take a little walk down memory lane, you will find my submissions for last year here.

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.

Enjoy!

This recipe is linked to -
Crazy Sweet Tuesday
Recipes I Can't Wait To Try
Friday Potluck
Sweet Tooth Friday
Sweets for a Saturday


Do stop by and check what the others have whipped up this week.


21 comments:

  1. Wow only 13 weeks away! These look like a great cookie to kick the fun off with.

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  2. Time si flyiiiiiiing.Thanks for all these ideas for cookies an cakes.Will sure need it;)

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  3. Yummy!! These look amazing..Great photo's as well.. love it.. I would LOVE for you to link it up to my fall crawl blog party.. I'm officially following ya with smiles - I found ya on linky..GREAT blog with Lots of inspirations here :)) - the link to link up is http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-crawl-day-12-blog-party.html

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  4. Thanks Allison, Dzoli and Marilyn!

    Marilyn, I'll be sure to stop by and I'd love to participate. Thank you for the invite!

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  5. These look great and very tasty! I like the addition of the pistachios. Looking forward to the variety of cookies we are going to see with this group!

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  6. Yummers! Lovely cookies! Thanks for linking up to Friday potluck!

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  7. These are perfect cookies for Christmas.
    These sound delicious. I would love for you to share at my weekly linky fri-mon
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/09/any-linky-goes-17.html
    Come strut your stuff.

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  8. Thanks for the invite Mindie ... will join up!

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  9. These look delicious! I love anything with cherry and white chocolate, yum!

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  10. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

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  11. Thanks Kalyan!

    Shirley do join up if u can, its loads of fun!

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  12. Sounds delicious! I bet dark chocolate would be wonderful as well.

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  13. What a great flavor combo in this cookie. I've never made cookies with pistachio nuts but they are my favorite nuts. Looks so festive for the holidays.

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  14. Mmm, very Christmasy combination. So happy to be baking with you again this year.

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  15. Thanks Jamie and Lisa, great to be baking with u too!

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  16. Thanks for linking up Trisha at Bacon Time. Hope to see you this week too.

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