Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cranberry white chocolate chip cookies are perfect for the entire holiday season.  I made them for Thanksgiving dessert this year, but they can also be a very festive Christmas cookie as well.  These cookies are soft and chewy and just perfection.

Adapted from the Domestic Rebel

Makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, brown sugar & white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and egg to combine. Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and pinch of salt and beat until a soft dough has formed. Stir in the cranberries and white chips by hand.

Refrigerate the cookie dough for AT LEAST 1 HOUR. You can refrigerate longer if needed. This helps to create that light, soft and chewy texture.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Place tablespoon-sized balls of the dough onto the cookie sheets.

Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes. Cookies may appear slightly undone. They will continue to set up more as they cool. Allow cookies to set on the baking sheets before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Christmas Tablescape

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I always love a perfectly decorated table for the holidays and I always have a lot of fun coming up with the design.  As you know, this was our first official Christmas in our new house and we had a house full of family.  I didn’t want to post the tablescape prior to Christmas day just so it could be a surprise to our guests and afterwards I was too busy enjoying the holidays to get around to posting.  So, here it is…I’m finally sharing my tablescape for Christmas dinner this year.

The design started with the plaid tablecloth.  I originally saw a William Sonoma Tartan tablecloth online that sparked my idea, but it cost around $100 and there was no way I was spending that much on a tablecloth.   I found this one at Home Goods for just $14.99.  From there, I decided I wanted to do a rustic country Christmas tablescape and it turned out perfect!

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Christmas - LiveDineParty Christmas - LiveDinePartyThe mini Christmas trees wrapped in burlap are from Michaels.  I just updated the ribbon to match the ribbon I used on the boxes. And no dinner table is complete without some candles :).

At each place setting, I placed a box filled three different flavors of homemade bark (White Chocolate with Oreo, Milk Chocolate with Oreo, and Peppermint) for everyone to take home with them.  I even broke out our fine China for the first time!

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DIY Christmas Decorations

This year I decided to get a little crafty with some of my Christmas decorations.

The “NOEL” sign is super easy to make and it is a great addition to my decorations.  I wanted to create something with different textures that was a little rustic, but that was still traditional.  I bought all of the supplies at Michaels for around $10.

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  • The “N” is a canvas letter painted with green acrylic paint.
  • The “O” is a grapevine wreath.
  • The “E” is a wood letter painted with red acrylic paint.
  • The “L” is a wood letter wrapped in jute twine.  To do this, I used a hot glue gun and just wrapped the twine around the letter, using the glue gun as needed to secure it.

The “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Sign” that looks like a chalkboard is actually just a free printable I found via Pinterest.  It is as easy as hitting the print button and putting it in a festive frame to create another DIY Christmas decoration!

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