Well guys, we made it to 2017. Hallelujah. To kick of the new year right, I’m only eating cookies with fruit in them. New year, new you and all that. Just kidding, I will still eat cookies of all kinds. This particular cookie, however, DOES have fruit in it. So it’s practically healthy?! Kind of? Almost? Close enough?
For some reason I have a fixation with cranberry & orange together around the holidays. Last year, I made these scones, and this year I decided to make Cranberry Orange Cookies with a White Chocolate Drizzle. These cookies are so good. They have a really great sweet / tart balance. If you’re like me and love chunks in your cookies, you can add white chocolate chips in addition to the cranberries. Also, in my personal opinion, the white chocolate drizzle really makes the cookie, but you can leave it off if you want (though why would you?!).
I used this great recipe for Cranberry Orange Cookies as my base and changed a few things. The recipe was scaled down to yield a lower quantity. I also found orange flavored cranberries at Trader Joes, so I used those instead of regular dried cranberries. You could use either though. These cookies were a hit with my family. I brought them to Denver for the holidays and they were almost all eaten just on the drive from the airport to my sister’s house. They’re that good.
Cranberry Orange Cookies with a White Chocolate Drizzle
- 1/2 c butter, softened
- 1/2 c granulated sugar
- 1/4 c packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 c chopped dried cranberries
- 1 c white chocolate chips - 1/2 for cookies & 1/2 for drizzle
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter and sugars on medium speed.
- Add the egg and continue mixing until well combined.
- Mix in the orange zest, orange juice and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients on low speed a half a cup at a time. Mix thoroughly before adding the next half cup.
- When all of the dry ingredients have been added, fold in the dried cranberries & 1/2 c white chocolate chips.
- Use a 1 tbsp scoop (or a tbsp) to scoop out the dough on to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat..
- Space the cookie dough at least 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes.
- Place on a cooling rack and allow to cool.
- If you want to add a white chocolate drizzle:
- Melt 1/2 c white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted.
- Use a spoon to drizzle the melted white chocolate over the cookies.
- Allow the white chocolate to harden (about fifteen minutes).