Holiday cookie season has arrived! I bake up an array of favorite cookies every December; most go to friends and neighbors, but I must reserve a few favorites for my family. If I were to pick one cookie just for me, it would be these Pecan Cranberry Ginger Cookies with white chocolate chunks. Very seasonal, and very irresistible!
I tend to shy away from cookies that call for shortening, either replacing the shortening with butter or moving on to another recipe. This is one exception. It’s the combination of butter and shortening that give these cookies their marvelous texture, a perfect snap when you take your first bite. Truly magical. Though not a crisp cookie, you can’t say they’re a typical soft and chewy cookie either. They belong somewhere perfect in between.
Once you have your buttery dough, you have to determine the add-ins. Chewy dried cranberries, sweet creamy white chocolate, zippy crystallized ginger and crunchy chopped pecans give your mouth a delectable array of textures and flavors. I’ve tried playing around with this foursome, but I always come back to these original ingredients.
Toast your nuts for the best flavor and chop your own white chocolate from bars instead of using chocolate chips. Your kitchen will be filled with a magical aroma while these are baking. Make sure to set aside a few for yourself if you’re gifting these gems. Or better yet, make a double batch!
- ½ cup butter, at room temperature
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- ¾ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1¾ cup flour
- ⅔ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
- ⅓ cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
- 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
- Cream butter, shortening and sugars.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
- Mix in salt and baking soda, then flour.
- Stir in cranberries, pecans, ginger and white chocolate.
- Scoop, then roll tablespoonfuls of dough. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or till golden. Cool for a few minutes on baking sheet then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
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