Is it possible to put all the holiday feelings and flare into a chocolate chip cookie? Yes! Yes, it is! All you need is some honey, good vanilla, and cranberries. When those three come together, you have the perfect marriage of warm festive flavours.
These cookies are the result of not having one thing: sugar. And being super excited about having two things I don’t typically have: good vanilla and dried cranberries.
The Honey of Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies
The case of not having something comes from a phase I went through of not having any sugar in the house, which is a real pain when you just want to bake some cookies. I did, however, have honey and decided to try swapping it in for sugar. The result was a Christmas miracle!
Vanilla Extract – Good Vanilla Extract
Ina Garten knows it best, when it comes to using Vanilla don’t be cheap. I can attest because if you can believe it, vanilla extract is hard to come by in Germany. Luckily I have connects with Rodelle Vanilla and they hooked me up with some good vanilla! I hadn’t used vanilla in my cookies since moving to Berlin (4 years).
Oh, my, word, does vanilla make a huge difference. I seriously don’t know what I was thinking making cookies without vanilla. If you’re like: “good vanilla, meh, it won’t make a difference”. I say think again! You may be using inferior quality vanilla. Hence you can’t taste it and aren’t yet a believer.
Cranberries Bring the Holiday Spirit
Cranberries dress these Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies up for the holidays! Seriously, there is no fruit more festive than the cranberry. Similarly to vanilla, I can’t find dried cranberries I can eat here in Germany. The only cranberry I have discovered that’s safe is from Trader Joe’s. Every other dried cranberry I have seen on the market uses sunflower oil. When we were in the USA for FablogCon, I stocked up on dried cranberries and just knew that they would add the right holiday spirit to a Honey Chocolate Chip Cookie.
So you see these Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies are the ultimate holiday cookie!
Keeping it Allergy Safe
This is a side note/ask when it comes to holiday cookies. In the past, there have been cookies that were allergy safe for me, but they were plated with cookies that contained allergens (so I couldn’t eat them). If you have cookies that you know are allergy friendly at your holiday party, please put them on their own plate to avoid/limit any cross contact. This small gesture is a massive gift for someone with food allergies.
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