Cranberry Choc Chip Cookies & talking about “Apples for Jam”

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We tested these out last weekend when the torrential rain kept us indoors for most of the day.  I had to hide some to save for the lunchboxes as they were being inhaled (mostly by me this time)!

I recently rediscovered a favourite cookbook  in the bookshelf, “Apples for Jam” by Tessa Kiros .  It was given to me by Miss E for my first Mothers Day.  GT put her little handprints inside it for me, so sweet and it brought back so many memories of when she was tiny.  Now, she is a long, lean 7 year old, still very sweet most of the time with a dash of devil inside her too!

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From memory I was also given a night in a hotel BY MYSELF as that kid did not sleep (for 3 1/2 years!).  But I don’t think I have ever claimed that night in the hotel on my own….hmmm.

Back to the biscuits.

I was inspired by the Chocolate & Cranberry Biscuits recipe in the cook book but adapted it to reduce the refined sugar and Thermomixed it up too!  Thermomix recipe is at the bottom

Chocolate & Cranberry Biscuits

Tessa Kiros recipe and my adaptation

Ingredients

75 g butter, softened

50 g soft brown sugar & 50 g caster sugar OR 100g coconut sugar which is what I used

1 egg

a few drops of vanilla extract

160 g plain flour ( I used GF)

1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch salt

110 g dark chocolate roughly chopped I used 75 g choc chips

50 g dried cranberries

Method

Preheat the oven to 190 C and line to baking trays with baking paper.

Cream the butter and sugar  together until smooth

Add the eggs and vanilla and combine

Sift in the flour and baking powder with a pinch of salt and combine

Add the chocolate and cranberries and mix through with a wooden spoon

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Dampen your hands and then roughly roll teaspoons of the dough into balls and put on trays leaving a decent space between them as they will spread a bit.

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Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until the biscuits are golden.

Remove from oven and leave on trays for about 10 minutes to cool and firm up and then transfer to a wire cooling rack until completely cool.

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Makes about 20 and will keep in an air tight container for 2 – 3 days.

Cranberry Choc Chip Cookies - Thermomix

Ingredients

  • 75 g butter, softened
  • 50 g soft brown sugar & 50 g caster sugar OR 100g coconut sugar which is what I used
  • 1 egg
  • a few drops of vanilla extract
  • 160 g plain flour ( I used GF)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 110 g dark chocolate roughly chopped I used 75 g choc chips
  • 50 g dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in the TM 10 seconds / speed 3 to start and then 20 seconds / speed 5
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix 7 seconds / speed 2
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt and combine 10 seconds / speed 3
  5. Add chocolate and cranberries and combine 5 seconds / reverse / speed 3
  6. Dampen your hands and then roughly roll teaspoons of the dough into balls and put on trays leaving a decent space between them as they will spread a bit.
  7. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes or until the biscuits are golden.
  8. Remove from oven and leave to cool on trays for about 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely
http://www.boiledeggsandsoldiers.com/2014/08/cranberry-choc-chip-cookies-a-happy-memory/

 Do you have any cookbooks that have special memories for you?

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7 comments on “Cranberry Choc Chip Cookies & talking about “Apples for Jam”

  1. Olivia
    August 23, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    These biccies were gorgeous Vic, thanks for the recipe. A question for the non-thermo converts – should I have chopped the cranberries?

    • Vicki
      August 23, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Hi, I’m so pleased you like them, yay! No need to chop the cranberries – the Thermo was in reverse at that stage so didn’t chop them either. However I think it depends on your cranberries, mine were fairly squished already! If they are still quite round a rough chop might make them easier for little people?

  2. Rebecca murray
    August 24, 2014 at 3:55 am

    These were great – ours didn’t look nearly as pretty as yours with a 6 year old making the balls, and had much chunkier cranberries and chocolate chips in them (because I didnt think of chopping the cranberries until it was too late!) but they tasted delicious and were a big hit.

    • Vicki
      September 2, 2014 at 10:04 am

      I’m glad they were a hit! x

  3. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    September 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    What a great recipe! I love the combination of cranberries and chocolate – these would make a great christmas gift. Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

    • Vicki
      September 22, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by. I love your Fabulous Foodie Friday idea, lots of yummy inspiration. Yes I think those biscuits will be on the “hostess gift” list around Christmas time! Enjoy your week.

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