White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut, and Cranberry Cookies

Are any of you teachers? As a teacher, it is your responsibility to keep classroom discipline. Different teachers choose to discipline their students in different ways.

I’m not a normal teacher, I don’t teach children, I don’t teach all subjects. I don’t have classes of 25 students. I don’t have teach Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 2:30. I don’t have a summer vacation. But I am a teacher. And hopefully a good one. 

I teach English as a second language to adult students from several different countries. My students typically range from ages 17-55 (although I do have one 14 year old right now). And I love it.

But no matter what kind of teacher you are, you need to develop rules for your classroom. Our school has a strict “no cellphones” policy and a strict “English only” policy. But I’m kind of a pushover. So a couple of weeks ago after getting frustrated that I had a group of students speaking not only off topic but in Spanish, I decided something needed to be done about it. I wanted my students to decide the punishment for speaking another language in class, I figured it would help them keep the rules if they helped decide what would happen if they didn’t.

Together we decided that if someone speaks a language other than English in class, whether its one word, or a sentence; each time they do they get 1 point. A student with 5 points has to bring treats to share for the class. The points clear out every 2 weeks after we have a test.

This last week I had a couple students with 4 points, but lucky for them none of them got 5. It was also the last day of class for two other students so I decided to bring cookies to them. To say good bye and to congratulate the others for not getting 5 points. If you know me I love having the excuse to try out a new recipe, and especially a sweets recipe. So I decided upon a white chocolate, macademia nut and cranberry cookies recipe. It was delicious (though I recommend slightly underbaking the cookies as they get hard somewhat quickly).

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup craisins

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugars together in a large bowl.
3. In another bowl mix the dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, salt)
4. Add eggs, 1 at a time to the butter mixture. Stir until combined.
5. Add vanilla to the mixture.
6. Add dry mixture to the wet mixture, pouring in a little bit at a time, while stirring.
7. Add nuts, white chips and craisins. Stir well.
8. Scoop by the tablespoonful onto a sprayed cookie sheet.
9. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until lightly golden.

Enjoy with a glass of cold milk.


  1. Pretty sure if I’d have one of those cookies in my mouth, I’d have no problem to not speak! :-) I’m discovering your blog and I like it!

  2. From one teacher to another…I am completing my degree to become a certified teacher. I would love to teach kids with special needs. This being my second degree, i am already a Medical Scientist by profession but after learning my daughter has special needs I decided to make a career out of helping other moms too, those who have no idea yet how to help their kids. I love teaching and I noticed the best way to teach them responsibility, to express themselves and to be adventurous would be some time in the kitchen. My little girl loves cooking, baking and anything that will allow her to use her red apron. I am sure she will enjoy these cookies too.
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