White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Cookies

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Soft and Chewy Cranberry Orange Cookie with a white chocolate glaze. They are crispy on the edges and soft in the middle. These make a great Christmas cookie!

a close up of a white chocolate glaze on a cranberry orange cookie

Cranberry Orange Cookies

When I was younger, my mom started a cookie exchange amongst the mothers in my group of friends. Over the years it grew to be bigger and bigger. I was always excited to see what my mom brought home from the cookie exchange! I laid claim to the peanut butter blossom cookies and an array of mint chocolate anything.

To help you with your cookie exchange this year, I am sharing these White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Cookies. I have to say, I could not stop eating these cookies. 

They’re buttery, perfectly chewy with crisp edges and bursting with flavor. They are flavored with orange zest and packed full of cranberries. I finished them off with a drizzle of white chocolate. This is relatively easy recipe to make and they’re perfect for Christmas because you can freeze the dough or the baked cookies to share for later. 

cranberry orange cookies laid on brown parchment paper

Ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cream of tartar– these help to make the cookies especially soft and chewy
  • Salt
  • Dried sweetened cranberries- If you prefer unsweetened cranberries, that works too
  • 1 medium Orange
  • White chocolate candy melts or almond bark- Ghirardelli melting wafers (affiliate) are my favorite, but Almond Bark will also work. 

How to make this recipe

  • Softened the butter for 30 minutes or soften the butter in the microwave for 10-12 seconds.
  • Beat the butter with the sugar
  • Add the eggs, vanilla extract and orange zest
  • Combine and add the remaining dry ingredients
  • Add the cranberries
  • Scoop the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 1 hour.
  • Bake & Cool
  • Melt the white chocolate and drizzle over cookies

four stacked cranberry cookies, the top one has a bite missing

DO I HAVE TO REFRIGERATE THE COOKIE DOUGH?

Yes. This is necessary. Refrigerating the dough allows time for the butter to solidify again, which in turns, prevent the cookies from spreading flat. You need at least 60 minutes of chill time. 

If your dough has been in the refrigerator for longer than 2 hours, allow them to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before baking.

CAN THESE COOKIES BE MADE AHEAD? CAN I FREEZE THE DOUGH?

This is a great recipe for you to prepare in advance. 

  • Prepare the dough ahead of time and leave it in the refrigerator or freezer. If it’s more than 48 hours, I recommend freezing the dough in an airtight container. Thaw prior to baking.
  • Finished cookies can be frozen and stored in an airtight container. If possible, it’s best to add the white chocolate drizzle once they’re thawed.

overhead shot of cranberry orange cookies on brown parchment paper

Whether you are heading to a cookie exchange, or sending cookies to your love ones, this is a great, pretty easy cookie to add to your recipe box! Happy Holidays, my friends!

HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

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a close up of a white chocolate glaze on a cranberry orange cookie

White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Cookies

  • Author: Julianne Bayer
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 57 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies

Description

These White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Cookies are perfect for a holiday cookie exchange. They are crispy on the edges and soft in the middle.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (380g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2g) baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon (2g) cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.2g) salt
  • 1 cup (120g) dried sweetened cranberries
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 23 ounces White chocolate melts or almond bark

Instructions

  1. Soften the butter in the microwave for 10-12 seconds. Combine the butter with the sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together.
  2. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and orange zest. Beat until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients Slowly add into batter and beat on medium low speed until well combined and dough starts to come together, then add the cranberries.
  4. Use a large cookie scoop and scoop cookie dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Place the dough about 2 inches apart, and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes prior to baking.
  6. Bake at 350° F 10-12 minutes. Allow cookie to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
  7. Once cooled, melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl for 30-90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate is smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Allow white chocolate to harden to room temperature.
Nutrition Information:
1 cookie
229
23g
60mg
9g
36g
0g
2.4g
36mg
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cranberry Orange Cookies, Cookie Recipe, Christmas Cookie

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9 Responses
  1. Jessica @ Sweetest Menu

    These cookies look heavenly! I love white chocolate and cranberries and any cookies with a crust outer and soft inner has my name ALL over it!

  2. Jocelyn @Inside BruCrew Life

    What a delicious cookie for the holidays! I love baking and gifting treats like these. And yes, the Target $1 is the best for cute tags!!! I’m so glad I got to see you briefly this past weekend. Maybe next time I won’t have so much going on so I can stay longer!!!

  3. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    What a fun cookie swap! I love this time of the year because I have so many excuses to eat delicious cookies. I love the fun tags you used too.

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Julianne, it was so great to see you this past weekend. . love these cookies and I’m thinking of you. . you got this and you will get everything done by January!!!! It’s going to be great!!!!!!

  5. Mir

    I was so sad to miss the conference. I had to do a training for my day job and couldn’t go. It looked like so much fun! Next year, maybe.
    And I want to get in on this cookie stuff. Nothing sounds more fun than getting cookies in the mail! These look amazing!

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