I love the basic cookie recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but not so much the chips and definitely not the nuts. Himself says I'm just weird! LOL
So when I saw the December challenge at Improv Cooking was "cranberry and orange" I decided to try making a new version off of the Toll House recipe.
Orange Cranberry Toll Cookies
2 cups dried cranberries
Orange juice to cover cranberries
2 oranges for zest
Toll House Cookie base:
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Evening before, put cranberries into glass container and cover with orange juice. Let sit so they plump up. Next morning remove cranberries and let drain on paper towels for a couple hours, or longer. (I drained in the morning and baked in the evening).
When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in cranberries. Then zest the 2 oranges over the mixture, stir well.
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. (At about 9 minutes start keeping an eye on them as they finish quickly!)
Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.