Cookies and Brownies, Desserts, Elaine Walker

Cranberry Macadamia Christmas Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup vanilla baking chips
1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
1 cup dried cranberries

In a medium bowl set aside flour, baking soda and salt.

Cream together white sugar, light brown sugar and butter (do not use shortening). Add slightly beaten eggs and vanilla.

Add flour mixture until just mixed. Stir in vanilla chips, macadamia nuts and dried cranberries.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place on ungreased cookie sheet by small scoop or rounded teaspoon. Bake for 10 minutes or just until set. Remove from oven and let cool. Cookies will sink slightly.

Variations:
To make chocolate cookies – omit 1/2 cup flour and replace with 1/2 cup cocoa.
For fancier cookies: Drizzle melted white chocolate on chocolate cookies and melted dark chocolate on the white cookie.
To make chewier cookies – omit 1/2 cup flour and replace with 1/2 cup oatmeal.