There's nothing more satisfying than a really good cookie. They're so simple to make, you can stuff them full of your favourite flavours and they have that melt-in-the-mouth, butter-aftertaste thing going on. In less than half an hour (20 minutes, if you're fast) you can have a warm cookie in your hand, ready to be devoured. Slightly crunchy around the edges, soft and chewy in the middle, they really are one of life's greatest joy.
I don't want to boast, but a colleague described these cookies today as 'the best they had ever had', which is high praise indeed. I'll let the cookies take all the praise though, because they do all the work - this recipe doesn't require much skill on the part of the baker. Creamy chunks of white chocolate, subtle nuttiness from the pine nuts and a little burst of sour sweetness from the dried cranberries. These are a pre-festive delight and a perfect Sunday morning bake.