Tonight in my kitchen, after working all day, taking Emma to piano lessons, running 4.20 miles and making dinner, I felt the urge to whip up some cookies for the random guy at Lowe’s who aided in my dishwasher troubles. Why you might ask, would I do such a thing? I don’t know, is my answer. I mean, he was extra nice about me returning not one but three dishwashers. He also put up with my zillion stupid questions, sarcastic response to most of his questions and my complete melt down when he said: “It will be about three weeks for delivery.” Does this entitle him to a batch of my cookies? Maybe not but he’s getting them anyways. It’s an excuse for me to create something without having to eat the calories myself. It’s also a way for all of you to get a new recipe along with visions of me running around the kitchen just to get this dude a cookie or two. I find that these days I am doing a lot of baking for people who don’t live in my house or even have a working knowledge of my life. Bus driver, check. People who already work at bakeries, check. Homeless man on Congress St, check. Just kidding about that last one, although, that’s not too far from where I’m heading I think. I just want to make things but I don’t really want the finished product sitting around my house. Plus, the allure of sugar has been lost on me a little, seeing as though every time I eat it I want to throw up after. I think it’s somehow related to running.
Anyways, the feeling I get when I share is irreplaceable. To see someone’s face when you give them a well packaged, well made, delightful little treat is so completely worth it. It fills me up inside every time I do it. I’m sure my husband thinks I am nuts. I begged him to let me make macarons for this french architect we are working with on our new project but he talked me off the ledge. Maybe it would be a little strange but he’s far from home, I bet they would make his day.
For me, after a day that is often unreliable and not even a bit graceful, the knowledge that baking is consistent saves me. Combine flour, sugar, eggs and some other shit and you usually get something really beautiful. I need that. Because right now my two-year old, is making me question my faith in humanity. So I’m gonna keep plugging away in the kitchen and you are all going to keep eating. When you gain a few pounds, I’ll take you for a run and we will jog it off together. Then we will really be in true bliss.
The cookies I made this evening were soft and complex. The nutmeg adds a hint of something that can’t be explained. I only took one single bite just to check the taste prior to distribution but really, these were yummy. If you love your Lowe’s guy, you should whip him up a batch. for real.
WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY MACADAMIA NUT COOKIES
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
- 1½ cups white chocolate chips
- 1 cup coarsely chopped toasted macadamia nuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and continue beating on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time, continuing to beat each time until well-incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
- With the mixer on low speed, carefully add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until the ingredients are incorporated. Stir in the white chocolate chunks, cranberries and the macadamia nuts.
- Scoop a generous tablespoonful of the dough and roll into a ball. Repeat.
- Bake for about 10 minutes, until edges of cookie begin to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 – 10 minutes on cookie sheet so the cookie can set. Carefully move to wire rack to cool completely.
*Adapted from Kitchen Treaty