Recipe for Cranberry Orange Melt-Away Cookies

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Recipe: Cranberry Orange Melt-Away Cookies

These cookies are very good and a must try! Just as they sound, they are a tender citrus orange cookie studded with dried cranberries. They are extremely flavorful. If you are a fan of cranberry orange, you too will fall in love with these cookies. They are a great addition to any holiday cookie tray.

This recipe was adapted from Six Sisters Orange Creamsicle Cookies: Six Sisters Orange Creamsicle Cookies. I can definitely taste the creamsicle in these cookies. I will certainly make these this coming summer. As a child I absolutely adored creamsicles (remember the ice cream treat on a stick with orange sherbet and an ice cream center?). They were for sure in my top 5 favorite ice cream treats growing up.

I recently made these cookies for an amazing girl's night party. Ten of us ladies who used to work together at a small advertising agency in Minneapolis got together for a fun night! We had wine, great food, some amazing belly laughs and a cry or two. It was such a good time…I adore & miss them all! The ladies enjoyed the cookies…and one person in particular mentioned the creamsicle flavor even before I mentioned it. So take my word for it - they taste like a creamsicle.

These cookies would also be terrific with dark chocolate chips in place of the dried cranberries. What a versatile & easy cookie to try!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups white wheat flour (all-purpose OK)
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (any salt)
  • 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (~zest of 1 orange)
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (crasins)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375° F (190°C).

Optional - soak the dried cranberries in water or orange juice, if desired, for at least 5 minutes (overnight is even better).

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until they are fluffy. Beat egg, vanilla extract, orange extract, and orange zest until smooth.

Slowly add the dry mixture until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Stir in (soaked and well drained) dried cranberries & white chocolate chips.

Drop cookie dough by spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets (parchment line works best). Note: don't flatten cookies - will make them tough.

Bake 8 - 10 minutes at 375° F (190°C) or until just starting to turn golden brown around edges. Be careful not to over bake. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes before removing to rack. Cool completely on cooling rack and store in an airtight container.

Makes about 55 small cookies or 30 regular size cookies).

Can easily freeze unbaked cookie dough too.