Now that Thanksgiving is over, I am ready to start baking for Christmas. I love Christmas and start thinking, planning and scheming about it in the summer. I'm not a huge fan of the shopping aspect, although I do like that too. I just really get into the whole season. I love the excuse to bake, I love the decorations and the music, and I love that our family gets to spend so much time together celebrating. This year I am especially excited because our Hawaii family is coming to visit and we are planning to spend a few days at Disneyworld with them. They have never been and I can't wait to show them around.
In the meantime, I will be baking---lots of cookies. To me, cookies are the centerpiece of our Christmas season and every couple of days I seem to be whipping up a new batch to pack in the kids lunches, take on our paddling adventures or to take to my office.
My cookie obsession started when I was pregnant with Nova and decided to bake most of the cookie recipes in Holiday edition of Gourmet magazine back in 2007. During that baking marathon (in our tiny apartment), I realized, that cookies are actually pretty simple. A bit of butter, sugar(s), some eggs and flour, plus a few other ingredients can combine into truly delicious treats. Plus, they only take a short time to bake so within a half hour or so, you can have fresh baked cookies.
These white chocolate pomegranate cookies are a combination of my favorite winter fruit, pomegranate (they are just so pretty!) and white chocolate in a basic cookie base. They are beautiful and are a hit with adults and kids alike.