I didn’t really consider myself a cookie fan that was until I became a blogger. Then I started thinking about all of the recipes I wanted to share and that is when I came into the realization I love cookies! Or wait maybe it’s the cookie dough. My sisters love cookie dough just as much as me, so I know its in the genes. When I thought about “what is my favorite cookie”, instantly this came up as my #1! Sometimes I make this with slivered almonds when I don’t have macadamia’s on hand. This cookie was inspired by my friend Julie who makes a cookie just like this for her Christmas goodie plate.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
- 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 large egg
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 ½ cups dried cranberries, chopped
- 1 ½ cups cup white chocolate chips
- 1 ½ cups macadamia nuts, chopped (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheet with parchment paper.
With an electric mixer, cream the butter and both sugars together until smooth. Add orange zest, vanilla and eggs until well incorporated.
Sift together the flour and baking soda. Spoon the flour mixture gradually into the creamed sugar mixture.
Stir in the cranberries, white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
Drop by heaping spoonful’s, about 2 tablespoons, onto the prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
Bake one sheet at a time until lightly golden on top and the edges are set, 12 to 15 minutes.
Cool on the sheet about 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
My review: My #1 favorite cookie.
Kids review: Ideally they wouldn’t have any sort of nut in it, but in the end they eating around them works fine too.
Nut note: I sometimes make these nut free and they are just as good. I do this for my kiddos and my two sisters, Bonnie and Nicole who are allergic. In fact ladies, there is a batch in the oven just for you. Xoxo
recipe adapted from Pioneer Woman