White chocolate, cranberry and zesty orange cookies


Music: Organ donor by DJ Shadow



  • 80 grams caster sugar
  • 100 grams soft brown sugar
  • 125 grams butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 225 grams wholemeal flour
  • 100 grams white chocolate
  • 75 grams cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange


These cookies are cool to make when it’s pouring outside, when you can’t venture out due to a massive hangover or I imagine a fun way to entertain your kids. Put on something to remind you of the night you just had or if you have a pounding head, maybe something a little more chilled would be better!

Preheat your oven to 180c. Start off by weighing out your sugar and butter. Mix them together until it’s a fine creamy paste; the back of a wooden spoon is a good way to do this. Lightly beat the eggs, and stir them in. Weigh out the flour and if you have a sieve, sieve it into the creamy, eggy mix. Add the baking powder and combine it well. The mixture should now be sticky enough to form a ball but not too sticky or runny that it gets stuck to your fingers. Add more flour if you think it’s too sticky. Now grab your grater, and zest the orange into the mixture. Roughly chop the white chocolate and add this with the cranberries into the mixture. Combine it well with your hands, so that the orange zest, choc and cranberries are evenly spread throughout the mixture. At this point it’s real tempting to have a little nibble, if no one’s looking go for it!  If you haven’t munched it all up, pull off small chunks and shape them into balls. Do this by rolling the dough between your hands. Place the balls on a tray with greaseproof paper. Press the balls with the palm of your hand to flatten them out. Make sure there is some space between the cookies, as they will expand slightly. If you want cookies that are a little gooey in the middle bake for 7 – 8 mins or for those who want some crunch 2 mins longer.

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