Confession time! The last few cookie batches have been shop bought mixes!!!! I know I know totally inappropriate, but I was testing out the oven temperature's and timings HONEST!
Anyway I decided enough was enough and embarked on making my first batch following a recipe and fresh ingredients, I found this easy recipe in the 'What's Cooking Festive 2012' edition published by Kraft Foods......
Prep time 15mins...Total 30mins ...Batch size 66!!!
Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened; 1 cup of granulated sugar; 1/2 cup packed brown sugar; 2 eggs; 1 tsp of vanilla; 2 cups all purpose flour; 2 tsp,baking soda; 2 packs (12 squares) Bakers white chocolate although I used Hershey's white choc chips, 1 & 1/2 cups each of chopped pecans and cranberry's (or other nuts and fruit of your choice).
Directions: Heat oven to 375; using my shiny new kitchen aid mixer I put the butter and sugars into the mixing bowl and using the flat beater mixed them together until creamy; blend in the vanilla and eggs next.
Mix the flour and baking soda and add gradually to the mixture, beat after each addition until mixed together; finally add the fruit, chocolate and nuts of your choice.
Onto a non-stick baking tray drop tablespoons of dough at 2inches apart onto the tray and bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes then transfer to wire trays till cool completely.
Here's is the finished product:
The batch really did make 66 cookies :) word of warning don't over do the timings, I had a couple of trays that slightly browned on the bottom, I blame the electric oven!