Loss of My Love – A Muffintopcookiecake Hybrid

Although Valentine’s day was roughly a week ago, I have a story to tell you which I should have told you on that day. It is the story of a girl and a berry. And the true love they found in each other and the tragic consequences that followed. I believe Shakespeare has jinxed love forever with his Romeo and Juliet. A pox on you!

But let me go back to this tale. Girl was at a supermarket. She looked through a hole-y plastic bag which she accidentally (I call it fate really) picked up and through it, saw a little box. And that box had some cranberries in it. Big, fat, juicy dried cranberries. It called to her from beyond its plastic packaging and while the girl was a little apprehensive, she bought it.

310She got home and prised open the little plastic box. And when she truly met the dried cranberry, a little part of her heart she never knew she had opened up and started singing. And the love affair began. She kept it secret though – didn’t want anyone taking advantage of her weakness to the cranberry. And the cranberries remained sealed for everyone but her.

Girl decided it was time to honour their relationship – she created a recipe just to showcase the cranberry and to show how deeply she felt this bond, she made it red and white, colours of love.

Cranberry was thrilled and readily accepted, popped into the recipe without a hitch. But then the omens of bad luck had already begun. Girl’s recipe was for a cookie. But what came out was a cake-cookie hybrid distinctly tasting like a muffin top. Their relationship was so deep they managed to evade an unsuccessful recipe, many-a-burnt cranberries and continue on.

103She sat in the sunshine with her berries, gazing lovingly at her hybrid concoction muffintopcookiecake and ate one, letting the taste of cranberry hit her harder with every bite. But then one cannot stay with the other forever, and she had to pack the hybrids. The box was sealed. Their fate was set. Girl went to grab a bite from a chocolate whitie and didn’t think anything of it but cranberry did. Oh it did so much.

Through the see through plastic box of its cookies, it stared at the girl savouring another treat, another ingredient, something besides itself and in a fit of rage it flung itself out of her hands just as she picked up the box. The lid flipped, the cookies fell and the cranberries scattered across the tiles. She only had the three second rule and there were so many as she frantically attempted to gather crumbs and berries from everywhere… but it was no use.

In its final breaths, the cranberry cookies saw the love in her eyes and knew their mistake. Giving one last second, they went limp. And she started to gather up the remains, trying not to cry as the burial rubbish bin awaited them. All she got was a taste of them, those are the only memories of her love. And now it was gone. She was lost.

For never was a story of more woe, than this of… this girl and her… cranberry?

What the heck Shakespeare! What food rhymes with Romeo? Oreo? Oh come on…



Yes, based on my life, this is a sad little tale of my lack of freshly baked cookies. I will never forget them or their soft,Β  buttery taste and beautiful pink-white complexion.

I’m sorry, could I just have a minute, I get a little bit emotional – please enjoy this recipe and don’t lose your love like me…

In honour of the love I lost today, I give you:

Marbled Valentine’s Day Coconut CranberryΒ  Cookies Β Cake-Muffintop-Cookie-Hybrid
Source: Original recipe, marbling idea and loosely adapted from Bakergirl

White Dough

  • 1 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs full cream milk (if necessary to smooth out dough)
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp rose water
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup plain flour

Red Dough

  • 1 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp strawberry essence (or vanilla if not available)
  • 1/2 tsp rose water
  • 2 – 2 1/4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Red food colouring
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries



  1. White Dough
  • Cream butter and caster sugar until soft, fluffy and pale
  • Add eggs one at a time, combining well after each add in
  • Beat in vanilla essence
  • In a separate large bowl, combine all dry ingredients (sifting the flour and baking soda together)
  • Stir into creamed mixture until well combined. Stir through white chocolate chunks. Refrigerate covered for 30 minutes to overnight.
  1. Red Dough
  • Cream butter and caster sugar until soft, fluffy and pale
  • Add eggs, one at a time, combining well after each add in
  • Beat in strawberry essence
  • In a separate bowl, sift together all dry ingredients
  • Mix into creamed mixture until well combined
  • Drop in red food colouring until red colour achieved (*remember, it loses a bit of colour when baking!)
  • Stir in dried cranberries
  • Refrigerate covered for 30 minutes to overnight
  1. 117Assembly
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Depending on how big you wish your cookies to be, take 1 tsp from each dough and roll into a small ball together
  • Place on a tray lined with a baking paper, leaving around 3-4 cm between each cookie – maybe even a little more since these babies have serious spread
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges are firm and set (the inside will continue cooking post-baking)
  • Let cool 5 minutes before setting on a wire rack to cool completely
  • Devour!


  • I found it became a hybrid between a cookie, cake and muffin top – it was crumby but crisp around the edges so I think if you made these in muffin top pans that would be the best – simply grease the muffin top tin and place the ball inside – it will spread on its own
  • You should grease your hands when rolling (lightly) so the dough doesn’t mix together too much and lose effect
  • Refrigerate the dough between batches since there it softens very quickly!

Enjoy and devour my friends before it is too late – do not drop the box llike I did!

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  2. delicio8 says:

    I love your fingernails in the one shot. It looks like a little cranberry on your nail! I love and adore rosewater and coconut and cranberry so I know I’ll love these cookies er, um muffintops ummmmmmm sweets!


    • Haha, that nailpoilsh is actuallty leftover from my cranberry coloured dress πŸ˜‰
      All the elements work really well together in this recipe so I hope you enjoy this hybrid πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru


    • Thank you very much my friend – I certainly hope we come together soon πŸ™‚
      In the meantime, I might need to go get some more cranberris… πŸ˜›
      Glad you enjoyed this post and recipe!

      Choc Chip Uru


    • Thank you my friend – I am sure there is too (my oven is already preheating ;))
      I am very happy you enjoyed this truly addictive recipe so much and I loved visiting your blog!

      Choc Chip Uru


  3. Becky says:

    They look fabulous….and who doesn’t like a good muffin top? As long as it’s the food kind and not the flab-over-the-top-of-your-jeans kind!

    Thanks for the recipe….I will think of lost love when I make them!


    • Definitely not the flab-over-the-top-of-your-jeans kind I assure – the only muffintops around are the one on top of… muffins πŸ˜€
      I am really glad you liked these and thanks for your kind words – I too will always think of lost love πŸ˜‰

      Choc Chip Uru


    • Thank you for your kind and sympathetic words my friend – I am definitely going to whip up another batch asap πŸ˜‰
      And thanks for the pinterest – it is much appreciated for the spreading of such a fairytale πŸ˜€



  4. Whatever love that flies away will come in many other ways of love like this lovely cranberry cookies. Wish I can find these berries for the love I have over it but sad to say expensive and to the places I do my grocery shopping, I hardly see cranberries.

    Wonderful cookies with the cranberries in the center.


    • Those words are very wise and I shall remember them my friend πŸ™‚
      It is unforIunate of their expense and I was quite surprised to find these berries at such a reasonable rate – best of luckk (perhaps bulk buy?)
      Glad you enjoyed the cookies all the same πŸ˜€

      Choc Chip Uru


    • Haha, these cookies should totally have a huge bubble around them to keep fresh as possible – thank you for such kind words and I am glad you enjoyed them πŸ˜€
      Have a wonderful week!

      Choc Chip Uru


  5. Nothing like losing something to the floor-a sad state of affairs no doubt! Even though it was a short time, I am glad you got to taste one. Love the marble effect and that picture does make me want to gobble these up. Yummy cranberry creation here!


    • Thank you for your condolences and kind words of encouragement πŸ˜‰
      These hybrids were really a different taste and I definitely encourage you try them (more than anything because of the delicious cranberries :D)
      Enjoy my friend!

      Choc Chip Uru


  6. I wasn’t into cranberries actually until I had really good cranberry scones. Until then I thought they were just okay… I don’t know what happened but the cranberries in scones were so good (I would always order blueberry scones so I didn’t know). I love the cookie shot!


  7. Awwwww I hope your love will one day return to you in the form of another batch and that this time it will stay for real πŸ˜€ You’re such a darling, Uru! Your story had me laughing and feeling for you at the same time! I’m glad you at least had the time you spent with each other, regardless of how short it was πŸ˜€


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