Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
A short time ago, I blogged about the cookies that my work makes. They are a traditional Toll House cookie with white chocolate and dried cranberries. I decided to not make them, but rather use my shortbread recipe to my advantage. One of the things that I noticed with my original shortbread recipe was that the texture changed depending upon which flavors I added to the dough. For example, when I use cocoa powder, the cookies were a little too dry, so I will now only use 2 cups of flour and 1/3 cup cocoa powder.
So, I took my recipe and changed it to accommodate the white chocolate and the cranberries. Here is what I did:
You will need:
1/3 cup dried cranberries and 1/3 cup chopped white chocolate - pulse in a food processor until broken down into very small pieces - set aside.
2 sticks of butter at room temperature (1 cup)
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract. Vanilla bean paste also works well.
1/2 teaspoon salt
...and beat these ingredients on medium until well incorporated.
2 cups of flour and the cranberry & white chocolate to the butter mixture and mix until incorporated.
Preheat the oven to 350' F
Form pieces of dough into one inch balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes and remove from the oven and let cool.
At this point, you can use melted white chocolate and dried cranberries as a garnish, royal icing, powdered sugar or simply leave plain.
These came out fabulous!!!
From the heart of my purple kitchen to you, please enjoy!!!
Purple Kitchen Treats
Over the past few years, I have been working on a cookbook. During this time, I took time off to finish my Master's Degree. Now that I have accomplished that, I am working again on my cookbook, slowly but surely.
However, over the past few months, something interesting has happened...I have received multiple requests for baked goods, particularly my cookies. I am also receiving multiple requests for granola. So, with all these requests in mind, I have started to make my cookies for sale, along with my granola.
My official web site is available, but will be undergoing a significant redesign. Be sure to visit my "official" web site at: http://www.susanshonk.com and watch for some exciting changes.
From the heart of my purple kitchen to you,