White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies are filled with all the good stuff. They’re buttery and crisp and full of texture. Crunchy nuts, tart cranberries and sweet white chocolate make a practically perfect cookie.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve been writing this blog off an on for over six years. I’ve shared hundreds of easy, approachable, affordable recipes completely for free. Delicious recipes that are totally achievable even by inexperienced cooks and bakers. And yet people still want me to bake things for them. I don’t get it.

Freshly baked homemade cookies are better than anything you can get from those ubiquitous shopping mall cookie places. They require minimal effort and skill. Okay, they do take a bit of time to make at home because, especially if your oven sucks as much as mine, you can only bake 8 cookies at a time. But you can just chill out rewatching Friends on Netflix for the hundredth time. I’m starting to think I need to set up an online cookie shop.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

These White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies would definitely be a big seller in my imaginary cookie shop. They got tons of compliments from my co-workers, even from people who said they don’t normally like cranberry or had never eaten macadamia nuts. These cookies are all about texture and contrast. Buttery crispy edges and a chewy center. Crunchy nuts and sticky fruit. Sweet white chocolate chips and tart cranberries. These cookies have it all.

The only slight twist to the cookie-making process here is that the cranberries need to be soaked in hot water while you’re mixing up the rest of your dough just to soften them a bit. Everything else is pretty standard. Cream together butter and sugar, add egg, mix in dry ingredients, then toss in your add-ins. Bake. Done. Simple. Awesome.

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hopefully, you’re up for making your own cookies this holiday season. White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies are an awesome place to start.

This recipe originally appeared on How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day in September, 2013.

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Stem Ginger Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Stem Ginger Biscuits

Stem Ginger Biscuits are packed with ginger heat. Plus, they’re the perfect combination of crispy and chewy. You’ll love them.

Stem Ginger Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Things got a little personal on the blog this week. I’m not gonna lie. It felt a little weird to be talking about serious life stuff with all of you. It’s been a long time since we’ve dug deep and found our inner awesomeness. Maybe we should make it a thing.

I feel much more comfortable back in the realm of butter and flour. Cookies are something I know about. A subject upon which I can speak with a modicum of authority. Because you know I’ve eaten a lot of cookies in my lifetime. Like a lot a lot.

Okay, technically I’m calling these biscuits because it’s a British recipe, but they feel more like a cookie when you eat them. I don’t know if the difference is anything other than regional semantics, but in my mind, a biscuit is more dry and crisp, and a cookie is more chewy or cakey. Maybe I’m not an expert on this after all.

Stem Ginger Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Perhaps we should have waited until December to talk about cookies, but I feel like these Stem Ginger Biscuits transcend season. They’ve got that glorious ginger warmth, and the addition of chopped stem ginger adds a chewy texture and depth of flavor.

One of the things I like about this recipe is that you use melted butter and golden syrup (or you could substitute light corn syrup). That means you don’t have to wait for butter to soften before getting started. No creaming butter and sugar, either, so we can make the whole thing in one mixing bowl with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. So simple.

Stem Ginger Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

There are very few situations in life that can’t be improved with tea and biscuits. If you’ve got these Stem Ginger Biscuits in your biscuit tin or cookie jar, happiness is sure to follow.

This recipe is from The Great British Book of Baking by Linda Collister.

I Can’t Bake-Off: Signature Biscuit

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Here’s my next bit of evidence for why I can’t go on The Great British Bake-Off. Of course, if you weren’t convinced by my chocolate celebration cake, I don’t know what else I could tell you.

If you made it through cake week on the first season of Bake-Off, your next challenge was to make your signature biscuit. Of course, being American, I’m much more of a cookie person, and my Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies are definitely my favorite, but there are tons of others that I really love. Somehow, I didn’t think any of those would meet the criteria.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Then I remembered my Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies from an Alton Brown recipe. Their crunchy so seemed more biscuit like, and my love of peanut butter is definitely a defining factor in my life, so if I was going to present something to Paul and Mary, it would probably be these.

This is one of the more popular recipes on my site, so hit that link to get the recipe, as I haven’t changed a thing. The only variation is in how long you bake them for. The longer you bake them, the crunchier they’ll be, but don’t let them get too brown because then they verge on burnt.

I stand behind these cookies. Or biscuits. Whatever. But doubtless, Paul and Mary would find flaws. They have a nice crunch and are not overly sweet. They deliver on the peanut butter flavor, and I can’t seem to stop eating them. However, my cookies always come out with some variation in size, shape, and color. I’m not a professional baker, and I never will be.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you’re looking for a simple, classic peanut butter cookie, give these a go. They’ll get you through to the technical without any disasters.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Thanksgiving has come and gone, even on an expat timetable. I think we hit it out of the park yet again. I’ll never not make turkey meatloaf. It’s just too good. Well, perhaps the pie didn’t go to well. In case you’re wondering, you can’t substitute custard powder for pudding mix. But we were all so delightfully full from dinner, I almost forgot about dessert. I never thought I’d write those words. 

With turkey day officially put to bed, we’re free to talk about all things Christmas without any awkwardness. We’re going to buy our tree next weekend because my husband is still very much the excited child when it comes to Christmas decorations. I’m a bit nervous about keeping a live tree healthy for that long, but we’ll just have to take extra care. It’s the shopping I’m most worried about though. I’m a terrible gift buyer. I just want to get everyone a book.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You know my favorite thing about any holiday is the food, and the best thing about Christmas is cookies. They don’t really have a Christmas cookie tradition here in the UK, and I think they’re definitely missing out. I think you should add these White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies to your holiday baking list year. They’re not only seasonally appropriate with their burst of red and white, but they also happen to be irresistibly delicious.

There’s no secrets or tricks to this cookie. They’re pretty standard in terms of method. They raise the bar on a more traditional oatmeal cookie, though. Dried cranberries are vastly superior to raisins, and though I’m normally not a white chocolate lover, the sweetness balances the tartness from the cranberries perfectly in this recipe. Make sure you’re using rolled oats and not instant porridge or oatmeal, otherwise you won’t bet the proper chewiness from your oats.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s bake all the things this year, friends, starting with White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies. Keep it festive. Keep it awesome.

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 32 cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies definitely deserve a place on your holiday baking list.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 1/2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 100 grams white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, and oats. Gently whisk to combine.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electrical mixer to beat together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until creamy. Then beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.
  4. With your mixer on it's lowest speed, slowly add in the dry ingredients until combined. Finally, mix in the dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
  5. I use a cookie scoop to scoop out walnut-size balls of cookie dough onto my baking sheets, leaving a couple of inches in between for the cookies to spread. I had enough dough for four batches of eight cookies.
  6. Bake your cookies for about 13 minutes or until they start to lightly brown around the edges. Allow them to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an air tight container if you can stop your family from eating them all.
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Awesome in July

Awesome in July

It’s been a blissfully quiet month. We’ve been sticking close to home, dodging the rain, and eating a lot of burgers. The best burger this month that I didn’t make myself was for sure from DogHouse in Merchant City. We’ve been continuing on with our Marvel film festival now that the World Cup is finally over, and I finally saw Black Panther. I absolutely loved it. Thor: Ragnorak was also really fun. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had the best fight choreography.

I also managed to finish three books this month; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Between the World and Me was definitely my favorite of the three. 

I have a powerful need to try out this Baked Honey Hot Chicken Sandwich

I’d never heard of Smith Island Cake before, but I’m certain I need to eat it.

Also please hook me up with a bucket of Cinnamon Harissa Caramel Corn.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Your favorite recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Peanut Butter Fudge. These are the best of the best, friends.

August means back to school and back to insanity. I’m reveling in the peace and quiet while I still can. Make it awesome, kids.



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