Mar 17, 2015

Vanilla, Currant, and White Chocolate Cookies #CreativeCookieExchange

Vanilla, Currant, and White Chocolate Cookies

Can you believe that these Vanilla, Currant, and White Chocolate Cookies are made with bread flour? How cool is that? I'm not sure I understand the chemistry? Maybe it's because the dough is refrigerated for 48 hours before baking? Did you notice that I just ended every sentence with a question mark? I am a Californian (flips hair)?

Refrigerating (not freezing) the dough for 48 hours (not 24, not 64) actually gives the cookies a sort of caramel flavor, which neutralizes some of the sweetness of the dough.

My husband, kids, and grandsons all loved them... so much so that I was not allowed to take them to work. This cookie jar pretty much emptied out in a couple of days.

Vanilla, Currant, and White Chocolate Cookies

These cookies are packed with white chocolate chips. The dried currants add just a bit of color and flavor. If you want to go all decadent, substitute some bittersweet mini chocolate chips for the currants.

My daughter was visiting and found a package of chalkboard paper I bought on a whim. She drew this for me, so I had to take a photo of the cookies on the paper!

Vanilla, Currant, and White Chocolate Cookies

After the recipe, check out all of the wonderful recipes created for this month's Creative Cookie Exchange theme, White Chocolate.

Vanilla, Currant, and White Chocolate Cookies

Adapted from King Arthur Flour. Makes about 56 cookies.

Ingredients

6 T room temperature butter
3/4 C sugar
2 large eggs
1 T vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
202 g (1 2/3 C) unbleached bread flour
2 cups (340 grams) white chocolate chips
1/4 C (30 grams) dried currants

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and the sugar. A hand or stand mixer are both fine. 
  2. Add the eggs and beat until smooth.
  3. Beat in the vanilla, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Add the flour and mix until just incorporated. You can use the paddle attachment or a rubber spatula. 
  5. Fold in the white chocolate chips and dried currants. 
  6. Refrigerate the dough, covered, for 48 hours. 
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  8. Portion the dough into 1 inch balls (I used a teaspoon scoop)
  9. Bake the cookies on parchment lined baking sheets, one sheet at a time, for 8 to 9 minutes. Do not over bake. 
  10. Cool on the baking sheets. 



The theme this month is White Chocolate! White chocolate is seriously underrated as a baking ingredient--it complements so many other flavors so nicely, like citrus, spices, berries, winter squash, etc. So if you want to see all the ways white chocolate can be used to make terrific cookies, you have come to the right place! If you are a blogger and want to join in the fun, contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links. You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes--be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:

21 comments:

  1. I feel like that chalkboard paper could be very useful in our house, as 2.0 likes to steal all of my treats, later claiming that he didn't know they were mine. Also, bread flour is magic.

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    1. Very useful! You could definitely mark your territory.

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  2. Awesome, deliclious looking cookies, wish I could reach in to the picture and eat one right now:-)

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  3. No, I can't believe those soft and scrumptious looking cookies are made with bread flour. I will just have to make them and "quality control" them. What a fun thing your daughter did with the chalkboard paper. It is a great image!
    Oh, and I want that milk bottle.

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    1. Weird right? The cookies are so soft! Please get back to me on the "quality control."

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  4. These cookies look delicious and very soft. I'm not surprised that you weren't allowed to take them to work.

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    1. I snuck a few out, but pretty much they were relegated for the house!

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  5. The measure of cookie goodness is when your family calls dibs on them and won't share them with the office. I agree with them, these look fabulous!

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  6. Made with bread flour? A-mazing! =) This fellow Californian would undoubtedly agree with your family members to keep these yummy looking wonders at home!

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  7. White chocolate and currants.. I have no doubt these cookies are delicious :D

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  8. I love the look of your cookies, Karen, but I am biblically coveting that cookie jar!

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    1. Thanks Stacy! I'm pretty sure there isn't a Target in Dubai, but it was $7.99!!!

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  9. Loved this post, although I personally think that we need to have a youtube of the flipping of the hair. That would have made this post puuuurfect!

    :-)

    bread flour? Wow.... interesting. You are the best person to make such a recipe, you Bread Queen!

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    1. Thanks Sally =) I wish my hair was as flippable as it was when I was younger!

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    2. I hear you.
      But, let's just dance to the music and enjoy the ride as much as we can!.... :-)

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  10. These are so pretty! Almost too pretty to eat! I love the addition of currants.

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  11. Delicious Cookies... Lovely pictures....

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