Soft, chewy drop cookies are always a hit, and are easy to make, especially with kids. Chocolate chip is the most well-known, but think outside the bag: try cranberries, orange and white chocolate for a festive-tasting combo without the need for decoration. Or make sticky toffee cookies with chopped dates and chunks of chocolate, or dark chocolate and orange, or white chocolate and a shake of sprinkles for cookies decorated from the inside out.
3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
finely grated zest of an orange
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped white chocolate or chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries
Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugars and orange zest until pale and light. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir or beat on low until almost combined; add the chocolate chunks and cranberries and stir just until blended.
Drop dough by the spoonful onto a parchment-lined sheet and bake for 12–14 minutes, or until golden around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, Winter 2017.