I would have preferred to use dark chocolate.
However, I only had semisweet chocolate on hand, and since I am moving out of my apartment in just a few short months, I am trying to use up the food that I have and not buy more.
I was craving a shortbread cookie, but the amount of butter in shortbread cookies depresses me. Now, this recipe is still far from healthy, but it is a bit improved. I cut out some of the butter and replaced it with 1/3-less fat cream cheese (better known as neufchatel cream cheese). I suppose I could also say that I added some fruit (cranberries) and nuts (pistachios) and try to pretend like this was a wonderful healthy choice…but I know I am not fooling anyone. Let’s just compromise and say that these are delicious cookies that are slightly less unhealthy than normal, but they still should only be considered as an occasional indulgence.
What could make the salty pistachios and the tangy cranberries even better? Chocolate. Of course.
6 Tbsp butter, softened.
2 oz neufchatel cream cheese
3/8 c sugar
1 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c dried cranberries
1/4 c roasted pistachios, chopped
1/3 c semisweet chocolate chips
Servings: 20 cookies
Heat oven to 350oF. Cream softened butter, cream cheese, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add in flour and mix well. Fold in the cranberries and pistachios. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheet, and flatten slightly. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown.
Allow cookies to cool on a wire rack. While they are cooling, melt chocolate in a double boiler* or microwave if you do not have a double boiler. When the cookies are cooled and the chocolate is melted, dip the cookies in the chocolate, or spread the chocolate on half of each cookie.** Enjoy!
*I used a makeshift double boiler…and I think it actually worked better than a normal double boiler, because the boiling water surrounded more of the chocolate, rather than just heating the bottom.
**I started with the dip method, but I found it much easier to not waste as much chocolate by using the spreading method.