Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Easy White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut-Orange-Craisin Cookie

 
Sometimes you just need a homemade cookie with the ease of store bought.
 
Tonight was one of those nights . .. .
 
and next week may be one of those nights too!
 
I needed a quick cookie but truthfully, didn't want to fool with getting out all of the ingredients to make cookies.
 
When these mixes are on sale, I usually pick up a couple to have on hand; just for times like these!
 
Today, I am using the white chocolate macadamia nut mix.
 
I'm going to make it fancy.
 
And yummy!
 
"How might you do that?"  you ask?
 
Well, just a few additional ingredients and you've got yourself a tasty dessert treat!
 
White Chocolate-Macadamia Nut-Orange-Craisin Cookie
 
1 Betty Crocker white chocolate cookie mix
ingredients required for mix (egg and 1/3 cup butter)
extra white chocolate chips
craisins
fiori di sicilia (or other "orange" flavoring)
1 small orange, peel grated; optional
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
In a medium size bowl, add the mix, the butter and the egg.  Mix as directed.  Dump in an extra good helping of white chocolate chips, about an equal amount of dried craisins, 1/4-1/2 fiori di sicilia flavoring (this is from King Arthur and I would highly recommend it!  It is my absolute favorite!  It's potent and doesn't taste fake.)  Finally, add in a tbsp. or so of grated orange peel, if you desire.
 
I didn't add the peel this time; I didn't "desire" it tonight.  You actually know all that means is that I didn't have an orange!  If I had one, I would have used it!  But I'm surely not going to the store for an orange!
 
Mix the additional ingredients together with the cookie batter.
 
Drop by cookie scoop.  Mine's about 2 TBSP size; which means I was able to get 1 dozen delish cookies from this mix.  But whatever size you make them determines your yield.
 
Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, but do NOT overbake; you're making cookies, not crackers!
 
Cool 3 minutes on the cookie sheet before transfering to a cooling rack before cooling completely and enjoying!
 
If you really want to be fancy, after cooling the cookies, melt some additional white chips with a smidge of crisco in a baggie.  Smoosh to mix together and snip the end of the bag and drizzle the white chocolate over the cooled cookies.  It looks even more homemade!
 
Yummy!

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