Carole’s Fantasy Cookies

I love to bake, and cookies are always fun. I came up with this recipe some time ago, and it never fails to please!  As a warm-up to the Christmas in July event, here is a recipe for your Holiday Cookie Exchange.   The combination of dark chocolate, sweet vanilla and tart blueberry blend very well in a tender cookie that is both crispy on the outside and soft inside. I call them my fantasy cookies because they will make you think you are in another world.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

As usual, I start by gathering ingredients. Note that the chocolate chips are dark chocolate, not semi-sweet. I like to use Ghiradelli when I can find them but the Nestle brand is pretty good. The vanilla chips are only available in Hersheys. The other brands are called simply “white baking chips” or white chocolate, and they aren’t vanilla flavor. You need the vanilla flavor chips. You’ll only use half of the chips in the package, so you can make two batches.  Blueberries are dried, in a 4 ounce package. If you buy in bulk, it is about 3/4 cup.  A little more or less in chips or blueberries won’t matter.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Mix flour, soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Add vanilla and eggs and beat on medium speed until mixed well.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Add 1/2 the flour mixture, and mix on low speed until fully incorporated. I spoon it in while the mixer runs on the low speed. Don’t over-mix. Add the rest of the flour and stir by hand until incorporated.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Add the chips and blueberries and fold until well distributed.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, scoop 12 cookies onto an insulated baking sheet.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned and puffed.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Remove from oven and allow to cool five minutes on baking sheet.  They will collapse, that’s OK.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Transfer to a rack to finish cooling.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Allow the baking sheet to cool a bit before scooping the next batch of cookies onto it. I use two sheets so one can be cooling while the other is baking.  After I take one sheet of cookies out of the oven, I begin scooping the other sheet.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Try not to eat too many yourself before serving them, LOL!! Not an easy task I guarantee!!

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

When packing them into plastic containers, I put wax paper between the layers so the cookies don’t stick together.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Some cooling, some packed, and a few on a plate, cookie anyone?

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

I have to tell you that eating these while they are still warm is just dreamy!  Was that a unicorn that just walked by?

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Carole’s Fantasy Cookies

2-1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter flavor shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup dark chocolate chips (about half the package)
1 cup vanilla chips (about half the package)
4 oz package dried blueberries (about 3/4 cup)

Mix flour, soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. Cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs and beat on medium speed until mixed well. Add 1/2 the flour mixture, and mix on low speed until fully incorporated. Don’t over-mix. Add the rest of the flour and stir by hand until incorporated. Add the chips and blueberries and fold until well distributed. Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, scoop 12 cookies onto an insulated baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes until lightly browned and puffed. Remove from oven and allow to cool five minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a rack to finish cooling. Allow the baking sheet to cool a bit before scooping the next batch of cookies onto it. Yield about 42 cookies.

Fantasy Cookies ~ From My Carolina Home

Printable download – Carole’s Fantasy Cookies

What is your favorite cookie?  Do you ever do a cookie exchange?

 

17 thoughts on “Carole’s Fantasy Cookies

  1. Rosemaryflower

    OH YUMMY
    These cookies are incredible.
    Many years ago, we went college shopping. We went to James Madison University (off of I-81) for a formal tour gathering….
    It was an okay college, My daughters were waaaay to smart for this college, but it was a nice drive.
    So, we went to the cafeteria for our free meal (hahaha) and they had these cookies, much like yours, but with cranberries too!!
    I think my daughter and I ate, right there in the cafeteria, about 100 each. Then, we snatched about 10 more, wrapped in paper towel. We were horrible thieves
    This recipe is very good. I have made these. The dough freezes really well, so you can make the dough, stick in the fridge for about an hour, take out, make balls and put on a big plate and stick in the freezer.
    Then, that evening…. after dinner, you can take them off of the plate and put in labeled zippie bags.
    That way, you can make some, and not eat so many. Hubbs and I have a huge problem with — okay, just me. I have a huge problem with eating way too many. Unicorns indeedie

  2. Good Morning Carole! Your cookies sure look delicious! I have a few favorite cookie recipes, why choose one when we can make a different kind everyday? Just kidding. Oatmeal/Peanut Butter, my hubbies Snickerdoodles and then a recipe that tastes just like Reese’s. No, I have never had the opportunity to do a cookie exchange. It sounds like it would be fun though. Thank you for sharing your recipe and awesome post tutorial, I do believe a sampling would be in the making today. Have a fantastic creative day!

  3. Those look nice. I have a peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip recipe that’s addictive, friends love a date pinwheel cookie I make and there’s brownie cookie I love. Hard to pick just one!

    My extended family (aunts, cousins) do a cookie swap in December. Always a lot of fun!

  4. Those cookies look so good. I rarely eat sweets I Do not like chocolate. But when I do eat sweets I love peanut butter cookies and Brendas husbands snikcerdoodles. I will save this recipe to share with my daughters. Have a great day.

Due to the volume of comments during Autumn Jubilee, I am unable to respond personally to each one via email during this event. I love your comments and read every one. Thank you and enjoy!!

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