Tis’ the season for holiday treats and sweets. This recipe is just a holiday twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie by adding dried red cranberries. I know it’s not much of a twist, but I don’t want to really mess with a classic chocolate chip cookie too much. If you’re not a fan of cranberries, you can simply eliminate them and the cookies will turn out great still. I make them without cranberries most of the time.
The other twist is of course the toasted coconut, well that’s just something I’ve been adding to my chocolate chip cookie batter for a while now that gives it that extra special yum. It’s a must try if you haven’t tried them this way yet.
In my opinion, there is just no reason to make something as easy as chocolate chip cookies out of a can or a frozen batter mix full of artificial ingredients when it’s not much more effort to make them from scratch. You’ll taste the difference too.
I only use brown sugar in these cookies so you’ll notice the batter is darker than normal. Try to use light brown instead of dark brown sugar if you can so people don’t think you’ve burnt the cookies. I love using brown sugar in place of standard sugar when appropriate.
I’ve become a big fan of silicone baking mats. They truly are non stick and the cookies just slide right off after baking, making your cookie baking experience even easier. They also make clean up much easier. They’re so worth the little investment.
Chocolate Chip Charm
According to my children, chocolate chip cookies are ones the big guy in the red suit will always be happy with. I’d have to agree. It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate chip anything. They might not be very holiday-like, but they’re delicious and melt in your mouth when you’re wanting to treat yourself a little. If not over-cooked these turn out to be a little moist in the middle and crunchy on the outside if enjoyed soon after baking. They do crisp up a bit more though after some time.
Give these chocolate chip cookies a try and see how you like them, and of course, they don’t only need to be for the holidays.