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Dried Cranberry–White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It was a breeze to make the Dried Cranberry­­­–White Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking cookbook.

Like all the other recipes I’ve made out of Everyday Baking, this recipe had: a simple ingredient list, straightforward directions, and a truly delicious end product.

It’s important, however, to read the recipe all the way through before you get started (which I didn’t do) because you’re supposed to refrigerate the cookie dough for 2 hours before you bake the cookies. I started this project after 9:00 p.m., so once I got to the bottom and realized this, I decided to turn off the oven (which had been diligently preheating to 350 degrees), wrap up my dough to let it sit in the fridge overnight, and then turn in for the evening!

The next day, I sprinkled just a touch of fleur de sel (sea salt) on each cookie before I baked them because I love the combination of sweet white chocolate and a little bit of salt. Lucky for me, by Day 2, clouds and a few raindrops had rolled in, so having the oven on and the wafting smell of baking cookies throughout my kitchen was a pleasure.

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I froze most of the cookies to bring on an upcoming boat trip to British Columbia, but I did keep a few fresh cookies out to bring in for my coworkers* to sample (it’s good to leave on vacation on a positive note!).

*Thoughts from one of said co-workers: “Delicious! These cookies made my Monday morning all the more manageable. I usually try not to eat cookies in the morning (‘try’ being the key word here …), but these were scarfed down with not a single regret. The flavors are truly a lesson in teamwork. The tartness of the cranberries and the sweetness of the chocolate already complement each other beautifully, but the addition of some salt on top hits every taste bud base in the best possible way. The only regret I had about eating this cookie in the morning was that there wasn’t one for me to eat later in the day!”

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