One cup each of white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, and cranraisin coming together to make the most delicious white chocolate, macadamia nut, and cranberry cookies.
Do you ever think about what inspires our recipes? Each one is unique; some inspirations come from a taste at a home or restaurant, some inspirations come from an experience, some come from a memory. These white chocolate, macadamia nut, and cranberry cookies were inspired by an experience Aimee had teaching English as a second language with adults from different countries several years ago. Feel free to read her experience here or scrolling down straight to the recipe, either way is fine with us because we are here to keep your taste buds happy and if that also brings you a smile with our memories that is great too.
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. (she was and she is)
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 and we all loved them.
This white chocolate, macadamia nut, and cranberry cookie recipe is a pretty straightforward cookie recipe. It has your tasty basics of creaming butter with brown and white sugar. A delightful dash of vanilla, eggs to bring everything together, flour, salt for flavor, baking soda for lift are all necessary parts. But then at the very end adding creamy white chocolate chips, a crunch with macadamia nuts, and the sweet tartness of cranraisins for a flavorful combination that will burst forth in your mouth. Everything comes together easily and wonderfully for one of your most flavorful cookies.
I made my cookies rather fat and thick and baked them 10 minutes just as they were starting to turn a golden brown on top. I found these cookies had a tendency to crisp up after a day. You can choose to enjoy the crispiness because all the flavor is still there or you can toss in a half a slice of bread that will soften the cookies for that slightly crispy outside and soft tender inside.
White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut, and Cranberry Cookies
White chocolate macadamia nut cranberry cookie
- 1 cup butter (two sticks)(softened)
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup macadamia nuts (chopped slightly)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup cranraisins
White chocolate macadamia nut cranberry cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Lay parchment paper on your cookie sheet
- In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars until smooth
- Add 1 egg, beat in, add another egg, and beat in
- Mix in vanilla extract
- In another large bowl; shift together flour, baking soda, and salt
- Stir together dry ingredients with wet butter ingredients; adding in gradually - stir until combined
- Mix in nuts, chips, and cranraisins completely
- Scoop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet
- Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, until golden brown
- Remove from oven, let cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet
- Remove to cooling rack to finish cooling
- Store in an airtight container (with a slice of bread to keep cookies soft - optional)
Recipe was originally published on August 5, 2012, pictures were updated on December 8, 2019.