White Chocolate and Cranberry ‘Cookie cups’

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Today’s recipe comes from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook.
And today’s baking day was spent with my friend Beanie who is a wonderful baker (Her ‘Beanie’s Bakes’ baking blog is here). Combine a wonderful baker with a… wonderful eater (me obv) and well, it’s a winning combo.

We chose to make… 

‘White chocolate and cranberry cookies’.

(Did you like the festive font colour… did someone say Christmas?)

As you can see from the picture above, we baked cookies but also added our own little touch to the design…

All you need for these beauties are:
135g (5oz) Butter
80g (3oz) Caster sugar
80g (3oz) Soft Brown Sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp (one ya make ya tea with) vanilla essence 
190g (7oz) plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
100g (3 1/2oz) dried cranberries
60g (2oz) white chocolate chips (although we used 100g…naughty)

(Makes 10-12 cookies, or like us, 6 cookies + 6 cookie cups)

With the help of a Kenwood Chef or an electric mixer this is like THE easiest recipe ever, otherwise it’s still pretty easy. Just get your arm muscles at the ready…

1. Preheat oven to 170 deg. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment (baking paper).

2. Cream together the butter and BOTH types of sugar.

3. Then break the egg into the same bowl (with the butter and sugar)…

4. Spoon in the vanilla essence…

5. Mix them all together 🙂 (bowl of all the wet ingredients)

6. Now sift the flour into a separate bowl…

…followed by the salt, cinnamon and bicarb of soda.

7. Then mix these dry ingredients in with the bowl of wet ingredients…
8. Add your cranberries and white chocolate…

9. Mix ’em in.

10. Okay so we fancied trying something different and put half the mixture into cupcake moulds…

…and we spooned the rest of the mixture into balls on a baking tray to make zee standard cookies.
(literally just balls as you can see below- no need to get ya hands dirty)

11. Pop ’em in the oven for 15-20 minutes or as the cookbook says ‘until they are light and golden’.

And voila!…

They look amazing hey?
But that’s not it…
…there was actually some thought behind the ‘Cookie cups’, and it involves ice cream…

Warm out the oven and topped with a scoop of yummy vanilla ice cream, we present to you the…

‘White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookie Cup’


Honestly SO SO SO SO YUMMY. 
In my opinion, Ice cream always ‘freshens up’ what would usually be a seemingly heavy pudding. 

So basically i just end up eating more… oops.

Summer may be on its way out, but winter means baking days and cosying up with a cuppa and a yummy homebake!
I’m certainly not complaining…
Mollie + Beanie xoxo

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