Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! From December 1st to December 12th, I will be hosting 15 AMAZING bloggers that are all showing off some of their favorite Christmas creations. Get prepared to be awestruck with some incredible recipes, DIY projects, and gift ideas!
Each day at least one blogger will be sharing a project of their choice. We can say with full confidence that you are sure to find something to inspire you for this joyful holiday season.
We were just visiting my dad for Thanksgiving, and when discussing this post, he asked if I would change my idea and make him some macadamia nut cookies! My first thought was… Darn it. But then, I thought… “Hey, this couldn’t actually be great!”. So we sat down together and created this amazing combo! I have to say.. I was impressed that my Ole’ Daddy-o came up with this amazing idea!
They really turned out delicious! The combination of ingredients give an amazing traditional cookie an added kick. The colors are perfect for the holiday, and the flavor… is Oh-So AMAZING!
3/4 cup CRANBERRIES
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/8 cup Light Brown Sugar (packed)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1.PRE-HEAT OVEN TO 375 DEGREES. Place parchment paper onto your baking sheet.
2. in a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter until smooth. (about 2 minutes) Add both sugars and vanilla. Beat this until “light and Fluffy”. (About 2 minutes)Add eggs IN BETWEEN both minutes.
5. WHILE THEY ARE BAKING YOU CAN CREATE THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE. PLACE CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND SHORTENING INTO A MICROWAVE SAFE BOWL. HEAT ON REGULAR HEAT FOR 20 SECOND INTERVALS, STIRRING IN BETWEEN.
4. gently fold in flour mixture to the sugar mixture. Stir only until flour DISAPPEARS. don’t over mix. and try to resist eating!
5. fold in white chocolate chips, CRANBERRIES, and nuts. mix well.
6. create 1 1/2″ scoops and form into balls. try not to compact into a solid ball so that the “pretty” ingredients are seen on the outside also. Place each ball onto the parchment paper giving about 1 1/2″ space between each.
7. Bake 11-14 minutes, until the edges are golden. Let cool for a few minutes before removing off baking sheet. move to a wire cooling rack and leave to cool the rest of the way.
adapted from: The Chunky Chef
Originally we wanted to add a green chocolate drizzle, but I fell in love with them right away and couldn’t bring myself to do it! If you wanted to add an extra pizzazz.. you could try this! But I think they are gorgeous without.
So whether you are creating these for a loved one (you’re welcome Dad!), or for a party, or even for that special Santa in your life… These are sure to be a HUGE hit! Enjoy and Merry Christmas to you all!
I hope you’re feeling the holiday spirit just as much as we are! Be sure to keep popping by the other bloggers throughout the 12 days!