Monday, June 4, 2012

Cranberry-Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chocolate chip cookies are a classic and the recipe is always the same: flour, soda, salt, butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. And, of course, chocolate chips.





While most chocolate chip cookies include equal amounts of white and brown sugar, my Cranberry-Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies are based on a recipe in Woman’s World (10/17/11) which uses more brown than white.

Plus, I like to add ingredients to cookies, so this time I chopped up some raw cranberries (I always keep a bag or two in the freezer) to add along with chopped walnuts.




Woman’s World directions say to sift the dry ingredients. As an alternative to sifters these days, many kitchens include whisks. Go for it, whisk the dry ingredients!




CRANBERRY-WALNUT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients...

1-1/3 all-purpose white flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse or kosher salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup white, granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (6 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks (substitute semi-sweet, if preferred)
1/2 c. raw cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or other nut, if preferred)


Directions...

1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Sift or whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
3. In another bowl, beat (medium speed) butter and both sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes)
4. Beat egg and vanilla into sugar mixture.
5. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture. Beat on low just until blended.
6. Stir in chips, cranberries and nuts.
7. Drop tablespoon-size balls of dough 2-inches apart on baking sheets.
8. Bake 5 minutes then rotate pans.
9. Bake 8-10 minutes until edges are lightly golden.
10. Cool on pans on racks for 2 minutes.
11. Transfer to racks; cool completely

I realize these photos are a little dark, but here they are, the finished product-- Cranberry-Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Every bite is a treat!







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Now... you remember my last post where you got a glimpse of my kitchen cupboards?

Last night, when I was finishing up washing dishes and straightening up the kitchen, I decided to take photos of my kitchen, particularly the counters so you can see how organized I am (not).

The thing is, it’s the way it works best for me in that itty-bitty kitchen.

I am the only dishwasher. The plastic bag is washed and drying, held to a cupboard door handle by clothespin. I pin up my rubber dishwashing gloves the same way to air dry them. That’s a plant-growing light on the back wall. I put it there so I can better see the dishes I am washing.




To the left of the stove is a catch-all corner. An electric kettle to heat water for my tea. A used tea tin to store homemade hot chocolate mix (with marshmallows!).




On the opposite side there is a see-through to my diningroom. A microwave with what used to be a mess on top now safely stored in a green basket. See the clothespin on the Kitchen Aid cover? That holds cooking notes or recipes when I need them. Beside it is a whiteboard with more cooking/cleaning notes. A glass of parsley from my garden. My exercise sheets and meds are on the counter as are my datebook and notes about what I’m to do the each day.








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10 comments:

  1. As soon as I saw the picture of that dough, you had me with this delicious cookie :D
    It looks so soft, chewy and moist!
    And thanks for the full tour of your kitchen - I cannot believe you say you are not Organised, there is so much thought into placing and cleaning!

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. I knew you'd be the first one here, CCU. When do we get to see photos of your work space?

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  2. I have cranberries in my freezer just waiting to be used ... I now what I'm going to do with them! I like your organizational skills! I believe that we must find what works best for us ...

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    1. Good morning, sweetsimplestuff. Lucky you, still having cranberries. I just used the last of mine and won't find them in the store again till Thanksgiving. You're right, what works best for us is the true answer. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  3. Thanks for the inside glimpse of your kitchen. I always say that our kitchens are our little hidden sanctuary. I guess your sanctuary and kitchen organization puts out some awesome chewy cookies! PS: My google account has gone to Chinese characters and it is stuck in this mode so will have to respond as Miss Anonymous for a while until I get that sorted. Take Care, BAM

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    1. I envision each and every one of my food blogging friends as having highly organized, very attractive and UNUSED kitchens :) I know the truth, BAM, is that we all end up with, as you so aptly put it, our little hidden sanctuaries. Chinese characters and all, you put out a wonderful blog today from Italy. Good to hear from you after a well-deserved break.

      Keep writing...

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  4. Yum, nothing beats a good chocolate and cranberry cookie, and I love fresh cranberries in place of dried! I'm all about the whisking too, no sifter for me :) And your kitchen makes mine look like a war zone :)

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    1. Thanks, Anna, for your input on the cranberry and chocolate mix. LOL, you should see my kitchen at its worst--wait, no, you shouldn't. No dishwasher here, so before I start a recipe, I set up a sink of hot, soapy water and wash utensils, etc. as I go along. I also put ingredients away as I soon as I've used them. Kinda nice now--I remember the days when kids were around and it didn't go so smoothly.

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  5. Chocolate chip cookies... the foundation for many a great creation! Thanks for stopping by, MamaMash.

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