Forever Nigella: Christmas Presence

It’s great to be back with Forever Nigella! It’s been awhile since I participated regularly, and even longer since my surgical oncologist friend (Codename: Candelabra) could join in! We were excited to choose a Christmas-themed Nigella recipe because we both have signed copies of Nigella Christmas. After flipping through the entire cookbook, we decided to make Nigella’s cranberry & white chocolate cookies.

Now, most of the regular readers of this blog know that I’m not particularly fond of dried fruit. However, it would be pointless to make this cookie recipe without dried cranberries, so I bit the bullet and included them. But, I couldn’t bear to buy a whole bag of just dried cranberries and settled instead for purchasing a package of dried cranberries and pecan pieces marketed for use in salads rather than cookies. But, in cookies they would go.

Candelabra, on the other hand, immensely enjoys dried cranberries (and even those craisin things!), so she didn’t mind the dried fruit. However, she’s allergic to nuts, so she made her cranberry & white chocolate cookies pecan-free. Be warned: Candelabra was rather tired when she made her cookies, so she could only muster so much energy to take a nighttime photo of her cookies.

If you want to join us next month for a new year (and newly formatted!) Forever Nigella, check out Sarah’s blog at Maison Cupcake or check out the current post here!

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47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. InCucinaDaME
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 21:48:34

    cranberry & white chocolate cookies: my favourite

  2. Ronda
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 21:55:17

    They look wonderful! I love the combo of pecans, white chocolate and cranberries!

  3. kitchen flavours
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 22:01:24

    The cookies looks lovely! Love dried cranberries and sounds great with white chocolate! I have this book too! Have a nice day!

  4. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 22:05:55

    hi yummy chunklet, wow this sure looks delicious.
    Wishing you and family a very merry Christmas

  5. Anita Menon
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 22:31:28

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
    The cookies look so good.

  6. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 23:44:59

    The morning crew will go GaGa.

  7. Three-Cookies
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 03:41:44

    Dried canberries is a start. One small step for (wo)man; one giant leap for (wo)mankind

  8. Cher
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 05:41:41

    So the real question is, did you eat any? I am sure whoever the recipients were totally enjoyed them :-)

  9. Sue/the view from great island
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 06:43:20

    I’m not a huge fan of dried cranberries, or raisins, but I loooove dried cherries, they’re much juicer, I would substitute them in these cookies. I bet these are pretty to bite into, good choice!

  10. Ryan
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 07:25:18

    Oooh, perfect looking cookies and one of my favorite kinds. I can’t believe you have a signed Nigella cookbook! How cool!!!! I just adore her!

  11. Elaine
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 07:38:38

    These look so festive!

  12. Just A Smidgen
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 08:41:32

    Lovely cookies.. I shall have to mosey on over to that other website. I love anything cranberry and white chocolate for, well, not just Christmas! I also thought it was very smart to use the salad additions for your cookies!! Love that!

  13. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 09:09:48

    Must. Make. These. Cookies! NOW!!! I LOVE cranberry and these seem so nice and chunky…as fitting for Miss Yummy Chunklet. I really am going to add these to my holiday goody trays I make for friends and family! :)

  14. chunklet's mom
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 09:50:58

    These cookies were really good. Me and chunklet had a cookie breakfast this morning.

  15. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:01:22

    What lovely Christmassy cookies – I love the cranberry, nut and white chocolate combo.

  16. Caroline
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 12:11:57

    Too funny, I just made a cookies very similar to this, but used macadamia nuts instead of chocolate chips. These look fantastic! YUM. x

  17. spicegirlfla
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 12:27:38

    Just like Caroline, I too make similar cookies this past weekend using macadamia nuts and oatmeal! Mine were all eaten up before I could even take a picture!! So I do know these must be amazing!!

  18. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 15:22:21

    White chocolate, pecans and cranberries make very tasty cookies!

  19. sally
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 16:47:44

    I love dried cranberries, so I’m sure I would love these cookies.

  20. sanya
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 21:25:06

    I forgot all about Forever Nigella!
    I’ve been wanting to try cranberries in cookies and these look great!

  21. Inger Wilkerson
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 21:50:49

    That was a clever solution to the leftover cranberry problem. But they are great in oatmeal (I drop them right in with the water and oatmeal at the beginning of the cooking process) so if you like that, you should give them a second chance.

  22. Miriam Barton
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 22:12:31

    They look awesome!!
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  23. Casey
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 23:16:38

    This cookie looks great. I have made cookies with cranberries and I liked the chewiness.

  24. Kay aka Babygirl
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 23:47:26

    I just love these cookies.. they would go well with some milk I think :). Very nice

  25. Cakelaw
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 00:31:01

    I adore cranberry and white chocolate cookies – and Nigella. Great pick!

  26. Liz
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 06:16:46

    These look fabulous!!! Great pick this month. Nigella does it again (and you, too!).

    PS…I don’t really enjoy raisins, but find dried cranberries quite tasty :)

  27. Parsley Sage
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 07:08:50

    Om nom nom! I love craisins. I love white chocolate. I love pecans! These cookies are totally for me :) YUM!

  28. Kathy
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 10:30:19

    These look so delicious! I’m afraid if they were in my house I would eat them all up! Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

  29. Andi Winslow
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 13:11:00

    cookies are looking pretty good. Nice post and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family. Eat lots of yummy foods. andi

  30. Karen
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 14:51:28

    A great sounding cookie for the holidays. Cranberries are so festive…I like the idea of the pecans as well.

  31. rebecca
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 17:00:42

    he he u need to use raisins next!

  32. Juliana
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 17:01:36

    Cranberries and while chocolate cookies? They sure look great, save a few of them for me please…
    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones :-)

  33. bakingaddict
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 17:12:19

    Signed copies of Nigella Christmas? I’m so jealous :) I’ve made this recipe many times and it’s always well received. They are one of my favourites. Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas! :)

  34. Thu
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 19:12:37

    What a cool event! And these look amazing, great choice! Happy holidays!

  35. Louise
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 19:50:03

    The thought of white chocolate and cranberries just sends me over the top, Yummy! I love that little trick you played buying in the produce department. I’ve done that a few times myself:)

    Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us. You never disappoint:) I also want to take this time to wish you and yours a very Merry and Safe Holiday. Unfortunately, I’m still having problems with my eye, and I’m not sure I will make it back in time before Christmas. Enjoy and thank you. It’s be just wonderful getting to know you and your delicious blog. “See” you next year! Louise.

  36. Baker Street
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 20:52:23

    Wow! That is one perfect cookie for the holiday my friend! Absolutely divine. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Ann
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 23:51:05

    These look delicious and I love craisins/dried cranberries! Honey Bunny loves them even more! It’s a bit of brilliant minds thinking alike…that’s what I made today!

  38. Lisa @smartfoodandfit
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 08:09:36

    I love adding dried fruit to my baked goods and even better with white chocolate!

  39. Simply Life
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 15:11:52

    oooh- these cookies look irresistible!

  40. Holly
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 15:16:56

    Mmmm these sound fantastic! :)

  41. Ameena
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 16:05:53

    I love dried fruit…I’m surprised that so many people – including my 6-year-old – doesn’t like it! In any case these look fantastic! Love the combination…

  42. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 20:30:27

    hi yummy chunklet, i am back, just to say thank for your kind visit… seasons greetings and happy holidays

  43. Reem | Simply Reem
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 23:51:49

    Perfect cookies for the perfect season of the year…
    Cranberry and chocolate…. Love it…
    Yum….

  44. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 02:13:11

    Your warning made me laugh! Even in the nighttime photo they look great! I love dried cranberries!

  45. eva626
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 08:20:36

    they look yummy!!!

  46. state abbreviations
    Jan 02, 2012 @ 18:32:29

    good idea im gonna try it

  47. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 08:59:49

    A belated reply but finally I am getting around to all the FN entries – thank you so much for taking part.

    I love these cookies, they look seriously tempting! Happy New Year!

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