Monday, November 30, 2009

The ultimate holiday COOKIE

Ok this one has to be one of my best cookies ever......

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (8-ounce) block dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Orange zest
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • Soaked cranberries in Grand Marnier (heat grand marnier and let the cranberries soak for about 10-15 min then drain.
  • 1 1/2 cups Chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

Put the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer; cream together on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla and eggs (one at a time). Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and continue to mix until a smooth batter forms. Turn off the mixer and fold in the chocolate chunks, chips, orange zest and cranberries.

To form the cookies you can do the two spoon method using a tablespoon or you can form a ball and then press down after you place it on the baking sheet. Do not flatten just press the top slightly. Bake 12 minutes if you want light and fluffy cookies and 15 for crisper cookies.

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