Spiced White Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

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Believe it or not, it’s Christmas time again!  That means it’s time to start planning your Christmas baking.  There are so many Christmassy recipes out there that you may be having trouble trying to decide what to bake.  Well, let me help with your decision by recommending that you add these spiced white chocolate chip pecan cookies to your baking list!

These unsuspecting-looking shortbread-like cookies have the warm flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg with chunks of pecans and white chocolate.  They smell delicious baking in the oven, and taste even more delicious with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

Is there something special that you, or your family, bake each year at Christmas?  If not, let these spiced cookies be the start of a new Christmas tradition!

To me, Christmas baking means grandma’s delicious pies.  She would make the same pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas – sugar pie (that’s what she called it, but I think it was pecan pie), oatmeal pie and pumpkin pie.  She’d also throw in a fruit cake as well, of course.  Grandma doesn’t make these pies anymore though, as they’re just too much work for her these days, but they’re the first thing I think of when Christmastime comes around.

My family and I (my husband, kids and I, I mean) don’t have any Christmas traditions at all, but I aim on starting some this year.  I think I’ll make a nice lunch for when nana comes over, and we’ll bake and decorate gingerbread men with the kids.  Although, I’m not sure yet how I’ll distract the kids from their new toys long enough to make gingerbread men!?

Anyway, the recipe for these lovely little cookies comes from a Philadelphia Cream Cheese + Cadbury Chocolate recipe book.  Here in Australia, they were offering this cookbook for free if you bought 3 Philly products, but I can’t find anywhere to actually buy it without buying the Philly products.  And yes, there is cream cheese in these cookies!  If you don’t like cream cheese, don’t fret, as you can’t taste any cream cheese.  In fact, I’m not even sure what purpose the cream cheese serves in this recipe, as I can’t taste it, and I can’t work out if it’s affected the texture of the cookies, which is a sort of melt-in-your-mouth shortbread texture.  Whatever purpose it is, these cookies are really delicious and I highly recommend baking a batch!

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