We have an amazing recipe archive at Cambria, and it’s chock-full of delicious things that were specifically designed for our wines. So when I wanted to find a good dessert recipe to go with Halloween, I knew that there would be something wonderful in there. And of course there was.
The second I saw this recipe, I knew I had to make these. Because cranberries, white chocolate, and red wine? How can you go wrong?
For these cookies, you take the dried cranberries and steep them in red wine, preferably Pinot Noir, for twenty minutes until they get really juicy and plump. Then, you combine them with white chocolate chips and chocolate cookie dough. They are really delicious, and make a perfect, more grown-up treat for Halloween, especially with a glass of Pinot alongside!
Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 8 large cookies
½ cup red wine, such as Pinot Noir
½ cup water
¾ cup dried cranberries
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large egg
¾ cup, plus 2 tablespoons flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. kosher salt
½ cup white chocolate chips
Place rack in the center of oven and preheat to 375ºF.
In a small sauce pan, add the wine and water and bring to a simmer. Immediately remove from heat and add the cranberries. Steep for 20 minutes and then drain.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and both sugars together until fluffy, approximately 2 minutes. Beat in the egg and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in the drained cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Remove dough from bowl. If the dough is too soft to handle, it can be refrigerated for 30 minutes or until just firm. Scoop dough onto parchment lined sheet pans and bake for approximately 11 minutes.