Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sweet and Simple Bakes: Cranberry, Pecan and White Chocolate Cookies

And here you go with the Sweet and Simple bakes recipe. We are spoiled and the recipe is a hit as usual !!
My following batch coloured a bit more (I got there just in time !) but I really enjoied the toasted flavour ! My only change was substituting almonds for pecans.
, Pecan and White Chocolate Cookies

Makes 30

150g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
75g rolled oats (not instant)
125g soft butter
75g dark brown sugar
100g caster sugar (superfine)
1 egg (large)
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g dried cranberries (or dried fruit of choice)
50g pecans, roughly chopped
150g white chocolate chips (or chocolate of choice)

Preheat the oven to 180oC/ 350°F/gas mark 4.

Measure out the flour, baking powder, salt and rolled oats into a bowl.

Put the butter and sugars into another bowl and beat together until creamy — this is obviously easier with an electric mixer of some kind, but you just need to put some muscle into otherwise — then beat in the egg and vanilla.

Beat in the flour, baking powder, salt and oat mixture and then fold in the cranberries, chopped pecans and chocolate chips.Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into a ball with your hands, and then place them on a lined or greased baking sheet and squish the dough balls down with a fork. You may need two baking sheets or be prepared to make these in two batches.

Cook for 12 to 15 minutes; when ready, the cookies will be tinged a pale gold, but be too soft to lift immediately off the tray, so leave the tray on a cool surface and let them harden for about 5 minutes. Remove with a spatula to cool fully on a wire rack.


Jennifer said...

I just love that you subbed in almonds...those look SO delicious!

Federica said...

ciao! Buon Anno!!

Che buoni...aspettami che arrivo!!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Oh ur cokkies look fantastic-mine were on the chewier side-were urs too?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Simple, but oh so lovely!

Cheers and Happy New Year,


Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Mmm, delicious cookies - and I love those olive straws below!

Teanna DiMicco said...

Those look absolutely delicious! I love the almonds! Buon Anno! Auguri!

Ivy said...

All my favourite ingredients in these cookies!! Felice il Nuovo Anno. Baci.

lakegirl said...

Your cookies look beautiful. The flavors of these were so good!

Glad to find your blog! On my "life list" is to learn to speak Italian.

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Hi Natalie-any idea what happenned about Sweet and simple bakes ? Is Maria All right? Wanted to dar her an email too?
Or maybe its jus the rush of the hols?Thats why thr round up and new recipe aint up?

Anonymous said...

I should try the almonds next time bake them.. cookies look fabulous

AppleC said...

I prefer almonds over pecans as well. Great job.

Tessa said...

Your cookies look beautiful and a little crunchy-ness is never bad as far as my hubby is concerned!

Choclette said...

Just the right amount of colour I reckon - these look lovely.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! Almonds would go very well with the cranberries. Yours look great!

Chele said...

These cookies were great tasting, I agree. I think most nuts would work really well instead of the pecans.

edith said...

Wow yours look really good. Happy New Year.

Buttaz said...

Good idea to substitute almonds. I think almost any nut would work.

~Lexibule~ said...

They are very nice these pretty biscuits:) Happy Holidays!xxx