Packed with real strawberry flavour and white chocolate chips, these cookies don’t require any extracts or flavourings to give that true strawberry taste!
I’ve actually been working on a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe over the last few weeks, which I’ll be posting soon. Today’s strawberry white chocolate cookies were developed from that recipe, but I felt I had to post
This recipe was much more challenging than I was expecting, mainly due to wanting to flavour them naturally with real strawberry flavour. No extracts or flavourings here!
Real Strawberrry Flavour
My first few test batches involved the use of strawberry jam, but no matter how much jam I added, the flavour was non-existent. I did consider reducing some real strawberries down to make a purée but worried the moisture would prevent a chunky cookie. Then I considered what turned out to be the winning ingredient – freeze-dried strawberries!
This suddenly made so much sense! They are real strawberries with the authentic flavour I was after, and by blending them in my food processor they turned into strawberry dust which incorporated brilliantly into my cookie dough. It took a few batches to work out exactly how much strawberry dust I needed but I got there. I’m so happy with them!
Don’t get freeze-dried and dried strawberries confused! We’re not using the soft, jelly-like strawberries here. I was a little concerned about the ease of finding this ingredient as I want this recipe to be user-friendly.
I bought a large bag from Amazon as I needed a lot for recipe testing. But after some research, I found freeze-dried strawberries are available in supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco, usually in 7g packs. I’ve found the cheapest to be Tesco, where I found 7g packs for £1 each (I’m not sponsored by Tesco, just want to save you some money!).
However, I bought a 100g bag from Amazon for around £10, and it has a good expiry date. So if you think you’ll use them for other things (great sprinkled on cereal!) then this may be more cost-effective for you!
What’s the texture like?
I wanted a slightly chunky cookie with a soft, chewy centre. The edges are slightly crisp though which I personally love. I’ll talk more about my cookie development process in an upcoming post!
My recipe uses only egg yolks and no whites, to help with the chewiness. I also use some cornflour which makes a softer cookie. I haven’t used any vanilla extract here as I felt it was interfering with the strawberry flavour.
Bicarbonate of soda helps to leaven the cookie which also makes it a bit thicker and softer. Creaming the butter and sugar helps with this too. Then just a touch of salt to bring out the flavours and just enough sugar to not make them overly sweet!
I find two level tablespoons of dough makes the perfect medium-sized cookie. You could add an extra tablespoon for a bigger cookie, but remember it may need one or two more minutes in the oven.
In terms of adding colour to these cookies, I definitely recommend only using gel food colouring. If you use a liquid type you risk ruining the consistency of the dough. This will result in a flatter, thinner cookie.
For my batch, I dipped a cocktail stick in my red gel food colouring once and it gave a pale pink colour. I did test it with three cocktail sticks of colouring and they were more of a hot pink colour! I love the subtle pastel colour but feel free to go bolder! The strawberry dust will add some colour too so just keep that in mind when adding your gel colouring.
So, to summarise, these cookies are:
- Soft and slightly chewy with a crisp edge
- Full of real strawberry flavour
- Packed with white chocolate chips
- Quick and easy to make
- Ready to bake straight away without
- A perfect Valentines Day treat!
I hope you love them as much as I do!
Strawberry White Chocolate Cookies
- 260 g plain flour
- 2 tsp cornflour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 28 g freeze-dried strawberries food processor required to blend to a strawberry dust
- 190 g butter softened
- 230 g caster sugar
- 2 medium egg yolks room temperature
- 1-3 cocktail stick dips of red gel food colouring 1 dip = pastel pink, 3 dips = hot pink
- 140 g white chocolate chips plus extra to add once baked (optional, I think it makes them look a bit prettier!)
- Preheat oven to 180°/160° fan.
- In a food processor, blend the freeze-dried strawberries into fine strawberry dust. I stopped to scrape from the edges of the bowl 2-3 times (with the machine turned off!) to ensure it was blended as much as possible. I had some slightly larger bits of strawberry remaining in my powder but this is ok.
- Sift the plain flour, cornflour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a small bowl. Add the strawberry dust and whisk together. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a medium/large bowl if using an electric hand mixer), beat the softened butter and sugar on medium speed for 1 minute. It will look slightly paler in colour and will be a little fluffy.
- Add the egg yolks and your chosen amount of red gel food colouring and beat on medium speed until incorporated (about 10-15 seconds).
- Add half the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined, then repeat with the remaining half.
- Add the white chocolate chips and beat on low speed until just combined (around 10 seconds).
- Scoop 2 level tablespoons of dough per cookie. Press each tablespoon together and then roll into a ball. Place 6 balls evenly spaced on a baking tray (ideally a silicon baking tray or if not, a baking tray lined with baking/parchment paper).
- Place the tray into the oven for 10 minutes. I turn my baking tray after 5 minutes to prevent them from baking unevenly as my oven has a hotspot. Do this as quickly as possible to avoid losing too much heat from the oven.
- Once removed from the oven, place the tray on a work surface for 5 minutes (not a wire cooling rack just yet) as they will continue to bake on the tray. While they’re still warm, lightly press or just place a few extra white chocolate chips on top. This is optional but I think it makes them look prettier.
- After 5 minutes, remove cookies from the tray and place on a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
- Store in a tin at room temperature. Best eaten with 3 days.
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