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.

Pecan Pie

DSC_1060.JPGI’m still trying to avoid hosting Thanksgiving dinner for as long as possible.  And, I’m happy to report I was successful once again this year.  However, I was in charge of bringing dessert which I was happy to do.  This classic pecan pie was both delicious and easy to make.  And, when I say easy, I mean easy.  I even texted my sister who has made this pie before and asked if I forgot to do something because it was so easy.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients

  • Pillsbury pie crust
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups pecan halves

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack set in lowest position.

Place the pie crust in the pie dish.  With floured fingers pinch between thumb and forefinger to form a uniform edge around rim of pie plate. Transfer dough-lined pie plate to refrigerator.

Next, make the filling.  In a large bowl, whisk eggs, corn syrup, sugars, butter, vanilla, and salt until smooth.  Mix in pecans. Pour mixture into chilled pie crust; place pie plate on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the filling jiggles slightly in the center when gently shaken, 50 to 60 minutes.  If the pie starts to brown too much on top before it is done cooking, cover it with foil and continue to bake.

Cool pie completely in plate.  Serve with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream and enjoy!

Oreo Truffles

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I have made these Oreo truffles several times, but this is the first time I put them on a stick.  I thought I would make them a little fancier for the Baptism.  They are super easy and so addicting 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Oreo cookies (I like to use Double Stuff)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate or white chocolate (this time I used candy melts in white and blue)

Directions

Using a food processor, finely crush the Oreos.  If you don’t have a food processor you can put the Oreos in a Zip Lock bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.  Add the cream cheese to the crushed Oreos and combine.  Form into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Insert the lollipop sticks (optional) and place them in the freezer for 15 min.

In the meantime, melt the chocolate and/or white chocolate.  Dip the Oreo truffles into the chocolate.  This was not as easy as it sounds.  I have done this countless times wtih no problems with regular chocolate and white chocolate, but this was the first time I used the candy melts.  A few in to the dipping process I learned that twirling the oreo balls in the chocolate worked better than dipping. They didn’t come out as pretty as I would have like, but they still tasted delicous and no one seemed to care that they didn’t look quite like the perfect ones on Pinterest!  How do they do that??  You can decorate with additional Oreo crumbs, a chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, or whatever you choose!  Now try not to eat them before your company arrives 🙂