Welcome to the 12 Days of Cookies, hosted by Family Around the Table and Cooking With Carlee. We will be filling the season with all kinds of delicious cookies. Be sure to check out some of the recipes below or you can follow along on Facebook or Twitter by searching #ChristmasCookies. We also have a 12 Days of Cookies Pinterest board where you can see all of the goodness! May your holidays be sweet!
Several years ago I was introduced to the Cranberry Bliss Bars. They are this amazing soft cookie topped with cream cheese frosting and cranberries on top. I had no idea these were a Copycat Starbucks recipe but they were amazing. In fact, I still make them every year at the holidays because they are a family favorite.
So when I found a recipe for Cranberry Bliss Cookies I couldn't wait to make them! I figured they had to be similar to the bars and they were quicker to make since there was no frosting them. I got into the kitchen and started baking.
These cookies are interesting because they have vinegar in them. I'm not sure what purpose the vinegar serves except possibly to help the baking soda with the cookies rising. I hate when I try a baked good recipe with vinegar in it and I can totally taste the vinegar. I was hoping that wouldn't be the case with these cookies.
The flavor in these cookies is awesome. There's a little bit of spice from the cinnamon, a hint of bright orange, sweet white chocolate chips, and tart dried cranberries. It's a lot going on at one time but it all comes together in a delicious flavor that reminds me of the holidays.
The cookies came out soft in the middle and slightly crisp on the edges. Don't be afraid to take them out on time. I know they wouldn't look like they are done but leaving them on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes after pulling them out of the oven helps cook them through.
So if you are looking for a holiday cookie perfect for a cookie exchange or sharing at the holiday, give these cookies a try! They are the perfect combination of holiday flavors.
- ¾ c. brown sugar
- ½ c. sugar
- 1 stick (½ cup) butter
- ½ c. shortening
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 c. flour
- 1 c. white chocolate chips
- ¾ c. dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl cream together the brown sugar, sugar, butter, shortening, salt, vanilla, vinegar, and baking soda. Mix well.
- Add in the egg and mix well.
- In a medium bowl combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, orange zest, and flour. Mix to combine.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixer and mix until combined.
- Fold in the white chocolate chips and dried cranberries.
- Scoop 1 inch dough balls onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from oven and allow to rest on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Remove to a baking rack to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from Baker by Nature
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