White Chocolate-Cranberry Cookies

White chocolate cranberry cookies created just for me. Well, not exactly. I say that, because none of my crew likes white chocolate or cranberries, at least in a cookie. Honestly, I find this shocking. But you know what, I’m okay with it because it means when I make them, they are all for me. And that’s unheard of, at least in my house.  I’m posting these beauties to kick off cookie season, or what I call, the most wonderful time of the year.

white chocolate-cranberry cookies

These simple, buttery cookies remind me of a lot of shortbread cookies, a cookie I’ve always been a fan of.  And if you’re a big holiday baker like I am, once the glaze is added, these cookies look as festive as ever, and deserving of their place on the coveted holiday cookie plate. But perhaps what I love most about these cookies, is that they’re not overly sweet, making them even more irresistible.

white chocolate-cranberry cookies

The Scoop on White Chocolate

Many people wonder what exactly is the deal with white chocolate. Here’s the scoop. White chocolate is made with a blend of sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla, and a fatty substance called lecithin. Technically, white chocolate is not chocolate—and it doesn’t taste like one—because it doesn’t contain chocolate solids.

The history of white chocolate is largely unclear, but “the consensus,” according to Eagranie Yuh, author of  “The Chocolate Tasting Kit“, is that “Nestlé was the first to develop white chocolate commercially in 1936 in Switzerland. This used up excess milk powder that had been produced for World War I and was no longer in demand.”

white chocolate-cranberry cookies

Despite the bad rap white chocolate has endured over the years, I’m still a fan. I still have fond memories of getting a white chocolate easter bunny in my Easter basket. And I still bake with white chocolate often, even if it’s not my family’s favorite. These white-chocolate cranberry cookies make the perfect addition to any holiday gathering offering up a lovely alternative to the traditional gingerbread and Christmas cut-out cookies.

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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