Around this time last year, I made white chocolate and macadamia shortbread cookies and packaged them up and gave them away as Christmas gifts. I wanted to do something similar again this year, but this time I wanted them to taste a little more Christmasy, so the inclusion of cranberries in a cookie seemed like a good idea.
I usually follow recipes that I come across and don't spend much time developing my own recipes, but this is something I'm very keen on doing more of, especially in 2011. So, in the spirit of getting a head start of new year's resolutions, here is my recipe for these little bite size Christmas treats. Quick and easy to make, these make a great gift for friends with little notice.
The recipe makes around 60 cookies that can be kept in an airtight container for up to a week (if they last!).
White Chocolate & Cranberry Bites
An original Diary of a Ladybird recipe!
200g unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c plain flour
2 tbsp rice flour
1/4 c dried cranberries, finely chopped
Half block (90g) white chocolate, finely chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius and line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Cream the butter, sugar and pinch of salt. Add the plain flour and rice flour, then mix in the cranberries and white chocolate.
3. Roll small teaspoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on the baking tray, and bake for around 10 minutes or until golden.
4. Cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
I'll be featuring a few more Christmas recipes over the coming days, including great ideas for food that can also double as homemade gifts. Stay tuned!
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My name is Anna I live in Brisbane, Queensland. I am a mum to two little people and run my own small business creating bespoke cakes. This blog is a journal of my culinary explorations - recipes, places to eat, and a profile of my cake work as well as other things that inspire me as a food blogger, home cook and cake decorator :)
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