COOKIES AND KINDNESS

I’ve noticed an up kick in the trend of leaving goodies and gifts out for delivery drivers. Some leave energy drinks, some leave chocolate bars. Some even leave gift cards! How generous. Given that I was in the mood to bake, and knowing that the last of the Christmas presents would be arriving by THREE different couriers, plus our weekly Green Bean Box would be arriving too, I wanted to show my appreciation to the hardworking delivery drivers with a batch of cookies that I’d leave out on our porch for them to help themselves. Being cool is kind, and I like to think that I add a dash of kindness to every cookie I bake. Being kind is also free, it costs nothing to say thank you, to offer a helping hand, to smile at a stranger.

In these trying, divisive times we need all the kindness we can get, and we need to give all the kindness we can. We may not agree with our neighbours or friends on political matters or religious views, but we can all benefit hugely from kindness. I plan to start the new year with a handful of resolutions, one of which is to treat others with grace, gentleness and decency. It’s not a case of “treating others how they want to be treated” it’s about treating them how they ought to be treated because they’re people, with feelings and emotions. So my Christmas wish this year is for us to extend kindness to all, starting with the hard working men and women who bring all of our gifts and presents this holiday season. Below is a divine white chocolate and cranberry cookie recipe that was so popular with yesterday’s round of drivers that they finished the lot.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups All Purpose flour
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

With an electric mixer, blend the sugars and softened butter until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla and eggs (one at a time) and mix again until smooth.

Fold in the flour, baking soda and salt, followed by the cranberries and chocolate chips. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the dough into balls and place on the lined baking sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes before removing from the oven before leaving to cool on a wire rack.

 

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