Family Friendly Fridays: White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ok, so I know you’re probably wondering what the heck that vote request is that I’ve dropped on the top of today’s page for all to see.  Remember my chicken and asparagus dish that I posted a month or two back?  Well I took that tasty little dish and entered it into a contest for Pacific Foods and low and behold it advanced to the final round!  And the prize, (are you ready for this?)  is two days at culinary boot camp in Napa Valley California!!

I would absolutely give my right arm to have the opportunity to do this!  However, since giving an arm doesn’t really do anyone any good, what I’ve decided to do instead, is to offer up a charitable donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  For every vote that you all pass on to my dish, I will in turn donate $1 to helping to find a cure to breast cancer.  This is a cause that is very close to my heart as my grandmother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer as well as a friend of mine here in the Charlotte area.  It affects way too many of us in more ways than we can express and every dollar donated helps us get one step closer to finding a cure.

So will you help me?  You can vote one time a day through October 11th.  All you need to do is click on the picture above to be taken to my page and cast your vote.  Share with friends and family as well!  The bigger the donation the better!

Back to what we’re all here for, the recipes.  Today’s is one of my favorites.  These little beauties were perfect in every way.  I couldn’t believe how moist and tasty they turned out!  The tart of the cranberry really balanced out the sweet of the chocolate.  And well, I love macadamia nuts so they were just the cherry on top of the sundae.  Depending on how sweet you like your cookies you can add anywhere from 1/2 the bag of chips to the whole thing.  I added half and it was plenty for me.  Scott said I should have added the whole thing; he really likes his chocolate.  Either way, I know you’ll be reaching for seconds with these tasty morsels.

And don’t forget to link up at the bottom of the page!  Anything Family friendly goes.  Crafts, recipes, stories… you name it.  I’m not picky and love to see what everyone’s talking about, so join in!

Alright, here’s what you’ll need to bake up a batch of these tasty treats.

Ingredients Needed:

1 Stick of Butter, Softened
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of White Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp of Almond Extract
1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp of Salt
11/2 Cups of Flour
1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
3/4 Cup of Dried Cranberries
1/2 Cup of Roughly Chopped Macadamia Nuts
1/2 Pkg of White Chocolate Chips

Drop the butter and the two sugars into your mixer and cream them up good.

Now add in your eggs, and both extracts.  Mix it up well.

Add in the salt and flour and mix it up.  Now add in the soda and mix it up one more time.

Finally, throw in your nuts, berries, and chocolate and mix it up by hand.

Drop your dough in tbsp size balls onto your baking sheet.  You can grease up your sheet or use parchment paper (love the stuff).

Throw them into your oven preheated to 35o degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  When the edges are a light golden brown pull them out and bask in their delicious, oh so tasty glory.

Just try to resist.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

Ingredients:

1 Stick of Butter, Softened
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of White Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp of Almond Extract
1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp of Salt
11/2 Cups of Flour
1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
3/4 Cup of Dried Cranberries
1/2 Cup of Roughly Chopped Macadamia Nuts
1/2 Pkg of White Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Drop the butter and the two sugars into your mixer and cream them up good. Now add in your eggs, and both extracts. Mix it up well. Add in the salt and flour and mix it up. Now add in the soda and mix it up one more time.

Finally, throw in your nuts, berries, and chocolate and mix it up by hand. Drop your dough in tbsp size balls onto your baking sheet. You can grease up your sheet or use parchment paper.

Throw them into your oven preheated to 35o degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

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39 Responses to “Family Friendly Fridays: White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies”

  1. 1

    Lisa — October 8, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    Ok just got my cookie fix, heading on over to vote now!

  2. 2

    Katerina — October 8, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    I don’t want to resist in such cookies. They look fabulous! I clicked the picture and went to the page. does it take automatically the vote ther or do I have to do something. Pls let me know by leaving me a message either to my e-mail or my blog. I want to vote for you.

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    Brenda — October 8, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    I’ll be heading over to vote in a minute Julie. My Mom is an 11-year breast cancer survivor so it’s a cause close to my heart too. That’s very generous of you to do this. And your cookies look awesome by the way!!!!

  4. 4

    Brenda — October 8, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Julie, I have the same question as Katerina. There’s nowhere to actually click “Vote”. ?????? By going to your page did we automatically vote? Thanks!

  5. 5

    Julie — October 8, 2010 @ 7:21 am

    If you scroll down to the bottom of the voting page, there should be a button you can push to vote. Let me know if you have any issues. Thank you so much again!

  6. 6

    Rita — October 8, 2010 @ 7:46 am

    I went to vote for that great chicken and mushroom recipe.
    These cookies look amazing.
    I was really interested inMy RecipeBook
    I posted a recipe in my Recipe Book, but it won’t post my picture.

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — October 8, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Great looking cookies! I may whip up a batch before the kids get home from school and claim the mother-of-the-year award!

    Heading to vote!

  8. 8

    ButterYum — October 8, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    I’m usually not a white chocolate fan, but I absolutely adore these cookies. Great photos!

    :)
    ButterYum

  9. 9

    Lisa McBrayer — October 8, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    Thank you Julie for supporting Susan G. Komen! You’re great and I voted!

  10. 10

    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — October 8, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    Definitely voting for you!!!

  11. 11

    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — October 8, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    I clicked it – was that a vote?

    Anyway, you’re lucky I could think of anything like voting after looking at those cookies!

  12. 12

    Monet — October 8, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    Of course I will vote for you! What an amazing experience that would be…and you, my dear, deserve it! These cookies also look like a pretty amazing experience. I love white chocolate and cranberries. And I love cookies. So I’m pretty sure these would be heavenly!

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    malia — October 8, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

    beautiful as usual! off to vote
    ps i tried to link up a recipe but i have a weird mclinky issue when i have a linky party myself then try linking up to other parties it adds my link back to my own party… i’ll try again later ( -:

  14. 14

    Annie — October 8, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    Those cookies look yummy! You also have my vote. What a good bribe for votes (not that that recipe needed one.) Good luck!

  15. 15

    bj — October 8, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    Hi..my first time here. Can’t wait to link up with you sometime. I love to cook.

    I use cranberries in cookies, cakes, candies….I just love them, too.
    This sounds like a great recipe..Thanks.

    Come by when you can..:)

  16. 16

    rebecca — October 8, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

    wow these cookies look perfect my favorite flavor yep was neat meeting sommer we all need to get together some time Rebecca

  17. 17

    5 Star Foodie — October 8, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

    Love the addition of cranberries in those yummy looking cookies! Will go vote for you!

  18. 18

    Anna Johnston — October 9, 2010 @ 2:41 am

    Voted and had my cookie fix.., all sorted.

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    M @ Betty Crapper — October 9, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    Voted! I think you are going to be giving lots of $$$ for a very worthy cause. I would love some of those cookies warm out of the oven with some vanilla ice cream. :)

  20. 20

    Abby Approved — October 9, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    Oh, those cookies look delish!

  21. 21

    Kim @ Cheap Chic Home — October 9, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    These look wonderful. I’ve been meaning to make these for the longest time, but keep getting distracted by chocolate chips. I’m off to vote for your recipe, I think it is such a great idea to donate. I have a cause that I give as much as I can to, so this would be a good idea to use in the future. I’m a new follower.

  22. 22

    Maranda — October 9, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    Those look and sound delicious. I love the picture at the end. So sorry to hear about your grandma and friend.

  23. 23

    Emily Z — October 10, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    What a great cause. These cookies look AMAZING. And now that I have said so, I will go send you a vote! Good luck!

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    grace — October 11, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    classic. say, why the heck aren’t macadamia nuts used all over the place? this is truly one of the only recipes i’ve ever seen them used!

  26. 26

    Katie — October 13, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

    Making these this weekend, everything I love about a cookie and then some. Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Hope you’ll join us at the newest one, it begins tomorrow!

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    Rick — October 14, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    These would be great for christmas! They look so good. White chocolate is better than regular chocolate.

  28. 28

    Megan — October 14, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

    Delicious! They look so perfectly petite! Yum! I would make a batch for the week and throw them into lunches (mainly mine…sorry kids) just kidding! Love the recipe….. a must for the family – Megan

  29. 29

    Holly L — October 21, 2010 @ 1:22 am

    These cookies could cause serious trouble…oh my all that goodness. I am so sorry I did not get to vote (it is 10/20). It was awesome that you made it that far. I need to catch up on my posts to see what happened.

  30. 30

    Kendra — October 21, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

    Oh, yum. Why do I keep finding such yummy looking recipes for sweets. I’m trying to resist so I don’t gain 30 pounds in my last trimester. (;

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    geet — October 7, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Love this cookies. Heading to the kitchen to do it for kids snack.

    Thanks for posting.

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