DRUNKEN CRANBERRY & WHITE CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” more than booze, so if you’re looking for something new to add to your Christmas baking repertoire, you HAVE to try these cookies!




Cranberries and white chocolate are a match made in heaven, but add some Jack Daniels and you are transported to Infinity and Beyond…

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Jack Daniels
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups white chocolate chunks (chips will work, but chunks are better)

METHOD

  • Place the cranberries in a bowl and pour in the JD.  Let sit for at least an hour but all day is way better.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°
  • Beat butter until light and fluffy.  Add the sugars and beat again until well incorporated.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla and a tablespoon of the JD that the cranberries have been soaking in.
  • Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add the dry ingredients beating until just mixed.  Fold in the drunken cranberries and white chocolate chunks.
  • Let chill for 15 minutes in the fridge.  While chilling, drink leftover Jack Daniels.
  • Drop spoonfuls of dough on to a cookie sheet. Try and make them uniform after drinking the JD.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown on the outsides and slightly under baked in the middle.
  • Let cool briefly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack.

Unless you are planning to eat all of these cookies yourself (which, by the way, is perfectly acceptable), you should consider hosting a cookie swap.  It’s an amazing way of adding a little sparkle and renewed warmth to the season. This is a simple and meaningful way to embrace the true spirit of the holidays. After all, what could be better than getting together, baking a little, laughing a lot and celebrating the season with family and friends.

Hosting your own Cookie Swap is as easy as 1-2-3
  1. Ask each friend to bring her favourite cookie recipe, as well as everything she needs to make them including cookie sheets, ingredients and tools. A bottle of wine would come in handy too!
  2. When your friends arrive, enjoy a game of show and tell…then get baking!
  3. Once the cookies have been baked, the wine has been drunk, and tummies are full of cookies and/or dough, it’s time to create artful packaging for your creations.
Your imagination is the limit but here are 5 simple ideas that won’t break the bank!
  1. Chinese Food Boxes –  Line your container with waxed paper and decorate the handle with tinsel and small sparkling ornaments.
  2. Mason Jars – Fill a wide mouth mason jar with your creations.  Add a ribbon and gift tag for a festive touch.
  3. Stuff a Stocking – Put your cookies in a resealable plastic bag and place them gently in the stocking.  Add a gift tag or special holiday greeting for a personal touch.
  4. Brown Bag It – Decorate a brown lunch bag with assorted paints, glitter and gems.  Once dry, place your cookies in a plastic bag and put inside the bag.  Fold over the top, punch two holes and thread festive ribbon or tinsel through.  Add a gift tag for a personal touch.
  5. Gift Boxes – Many styles and sizes available at Winners, HomeSense or your local craft store.  Be sure to line them with parchment or waxed paper so they can be reused.




The holiday season is stressful.  Simplify your seasonal celebrations by sharing the cooking, decorating together and creating gifts with meaning.  Spend time with those you love but above all, share with those less fortunate…

More about Lozza

I am 54 years old, an entrepreneur at heart, an accomplished hostess, a great cook, jack of all trades and master of none. Through my musings, it is my hope to inspire you to think a little differently, try something new or change one thing that will put an end to average and help you live a life less ordinary.

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