Saturday, 2 January 2010

Sweet and Simple Bakes - Cranberry, Pecan & White Chocolate Cookies

For this month's Sweet and Simple Bakes challenge we were invited to make Cranberry, Pecan and White Chocolate Cookies.

I was looking forward to making these as I'd had my eye on the recipe for a while (I'd first seen it in Nigella's Christmas book). Dried cranberries are one of the best things you can put in a cookie in my opinion - they have that nice chewy texture you find in raisins but with a sharper flavour that stands out nicely against the background of biscuit and chocolate.

These cookies turned out really well even without the pecans that I'd forgotten to put on my shopping list. The only thing I'd say, and this applies to all cookie recipes, is that you need to err on the side of caution when it comes to cooking times. Just a couple of minutes over and you move from desirably chewy to slightly too crunchy.


Thanks to Maria and Rosie for hosting another great challenge. The recipe can be found here.

12 comments:

  1. Your cookies look delicious! I loved the flavors in these!

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  2. I loved these cookies... your cookies look yummy

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  3. these cookies look so good! :)

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  4. The baking times are definately true. However, in our house I usually end up going both ways. There is a standing debate between the hubby and I whether crunchy or chewy is better. Thanks for baking with us! I don't have any pictures to show (camera mishap) this time but definately enjoyed these cookies as well!

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  5. I agree about the couple of minutes - mine could have done with a little less cooking. Your photograph is great - very professional.

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  6. Wonderful cookies and great set !!

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  7. Such a wonderful photo Helen! I wish I oculd do my cookies justice like you have ;0)

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  8. The photography on this site is beautiful. I loved the dried cranberries too, they were a nice counterpoint to the chocolate.

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  9. Wow, these look great! I have only just found your blog so I don't know about this sweet and simple bake challenge...I might just go and check it out-thanks for letting me know about it.

    Love your blog!
    Best wishes, Natasha.

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  10. I saw this post on the Sweet and Simple Bakes blog and your photo caught my eye - so I just wanted to stop by and say, great photo, yummy cookies! :)

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  11. I followed you over from Maria's blog because the picture of your cookies looks SO scrumptious! (and I love the name of your blog, by the way

    http://www.jennaseverythingblog.com

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