We try to limit desserts at the Christmas party. Not because we don’t like desserts; I love them. We have learned, however, that people don’t eat a lot of sweets at our cocktail parties. So, we just have some small bowls of M&Ms, peanut butter balls, and some sort of cookie.
This year, Kaytie suggested a cranberry and white chocolate cookie. Sounds decadent, no? It is.
This recipe is a riff on the basic chocolate chip cookie. It is also one more reason to keep Butter Flavor Crisco in your pantry.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
3/4 cup Butter Flavor Crisco
1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 Tbs milk
1 Tbs vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp orange zest
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pecan pieces
Heat oven to 375.
Put Butter Flavor Crisco, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Blend until creamy.
Blend in egg.
Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture, gradually, stirring well as you go.
Stir in orange zest, chocolate chips, cranberries, and pecans.
Drop rounded tablespoonfuls (about 2 measuring Tbsp.) of dough 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheet immediately and cool on a rack.