Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies – simple, festive, & absolutely delicious… not to mention the perfect Christmas cookie. Good luck eating just one!

I remember this one Christmas when I was a kid. I was about 15 or so, and my Grandma Millie (my daddy’s mom) was visiting with us as she did for many holidays.

This particular Christmas, Mama decided that she wanted to prank Daddy while we were opening up our presents. Mama had given me & Grandma Millie silly string.  The plan was to spray Daddy with the silly string when he opened up a present that literally had nothing in it.  So, Mama hands Daddy ‘the present’ – and Daddy immediately knew that something was off.  After all, Daddy is an engineer…. and the present obviously didn’t feel right.  I guess you don’t have to be a rocket scientist engineer to figure that one out.

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Daddy is a hard one to prank.  He knew something was about to happen.

Sure enough, he opens his suspicious present – which was no present at all…. And then his mom, daughter, & wife pull out the silly string from behind them and start spraying away.  Poor Daddy was covered different colored silly string – like a unicorn had vomited on him.

Unicorn vomit – because I just had to go there.  Y’all love me, right?

That was a fabulous Christmas.  Anytime you get to prank your Daddy definitely makes the Christmas spirit grow…. or something like that. 😉

 

You know what else makes the Christmas spirit grow?  These delicious Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies! I made these for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap & posted a sneak peak picture on Instagram. I got a comment from an Instragram user who called them a ‘hootiecreek’.  A hootie what? Is that where Hootie & the Blowfish go swimming?

Apparently that’s a term (that was totally new to me) for a cookie that has both cranberries & white chocolate chips.  Well, this one has both white chocolate chips & regular chocolate chips…. so does that make this a dirty hootiecreek?  Wait, scratch that – that sounds like a swimming hole contaminated with ebola or something.  Let’s stick to the very basic ‘Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies’.  Works for me!

 

Here’s what you need:

Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

In a large bowl, cream together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup shortening, 3/4 cup sugar, & 3/4 packed brown sugar.

Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add 2 eggs, one at a time – beating well with each addition.

Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix in 2 1/4 cups of self rising flour (or use 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda, & 1/2 tsp salt).

Stir in 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1 cup white chocolate chips, 1 cup dried cranberries, & 1 cup chopped pecans.

Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Boy, these are good!

Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups self rising flour (or sub 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda & 1/2 tsp salt)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together the butter, shortening, & both sugars until light & fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add the flour to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the chips, cranberries and pecans.
Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks.

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Cranberry Double Chocolate Chip Cookies – simple, festive, & absolutely delicious… not to mention the perfect Christmas cookie. Good luck eating just one!