Cranberry Orange Cookies – Fresh Baked Friday!

14 Jan

While I was doing my holiday baking, in that one free afternoon I found, I wanted to use up some fresh cranberries we had leftover for a cake I made (stay tuned for that recipe).  Turns out, cookie recipes using fresh cranberries are hard to find.  Who knew?Don’t fret my pets.  I am pretty persistent.  And I finally found something that would work.  A few tweaks and, I have to say, we have a keeper!

Start by creaming the sugar, brown sugar, butter, orange zest and orange juice.

Add the egg.

Add flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix until just combined.

Coarsely chop the cranberries.  Did you know cranberries are actually white?  Well, ya learn something new everyday.  Blueberries are the same.  Look at that!  Your something new for tomorrow.

Back to the cookies.  Gently fold the cranberries and white chocolate chips into the batter.

Drop the dough by the tablespoonfuls on prepared cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart, and bake.  Let cool and eat!

These were quite the hit this year.  I think they would also be great for Thanksgiving.  Next time I might experiment a bit – maybe taking out the chips, adding some pecans and doing a white chocolate drizzle.  Oh, so daring!

Cranberry Orange Cookies
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1 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 egg
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh (or frozen) cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips 

Directions…
Preheat the oven to 375℉.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

In a large bowl, beat together the sugar, brown sugar, butter, orange zest, orange juice.  Add the egg and beat until blended.

Add flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix until just combined.

Fold in cranberries and white chocolate chips.

Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough, about 2 inches apart, on prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 12 – 14 minutes or until a light golden brown.  Remove and let cool.

Source: adapted from Best Ever Cookie Collection


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