Saturday, December 5, 2020

White Chocolate Cranberry Orange Cookies #Recipe @PegCochran


This delicious recipe comes from Mary Matthews of Michigan who let me use it in my sixth Cranberry Cove book, Berried Motives.

 These cookies are to die for.  I wasn't sure about the white chocolate since I am generally not a fan, but it works perfectly in this recipe.  And with the bright red from the cranberries, I think these cookies would be festive enough for Christmas!



3 cups all purpose, unsifted flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Two 4-ounce white chocolate baking bars

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar

1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed

2 extra large eggs, at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons orange extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract





Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Place the flour and baking soda in a medium bowl. Using a spoon or whisk, blend the dry ingredients together and set aside.


Break or chop the white chocolate baking bars (using a serrated knife) into chunks onto a sheet of parchment paper.  Slide the chocolate off the paper and into the flour mixture.




Add the dried cranberries and chopped chocolate to the flour mixture and lightly mix the ingredients until all cranberries and chocolate are coated with flour. Set aside. 


Cream butter and sugars in a large bowl until fluffy. Add orange extract, eggs, and vanilla, and beat well.




Add the flour and cranberry/chocolate mixture to the butter, sugar and egg mixture and blend using a wooden spoon or stiff spatula. If dough appears too dry, add 1 tablespoon milk.


Either drop by spoonfuls, or lightly roll the dough into a rounded ball shape and place on an ungreased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.




Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. The size of the cookies will determine baking times.   Larger cookies may need an additional 2 to 3 minutes.    



And speaking of Cranberries...have you gotten your copy of Berried Motives yet?



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An ambitious TV personality takes a star turn in murder in the new Cranberry Cove Mystery from USA Today bestselling author Peg Cochran!

With the cranberry farm in full harvest mode, Monica is thrilled to learn that they’ll be the featured guests on a local TV news show. Certain the exposure will give her bakery products and the farm’s store a welcome boost, she’s also nervous about how she’ll come across on-screen. But her real worries begin when the show’s ruthless star is found bludgeoned to death on a side road of the farm—and Monica’s own brother heads up the list of suspects.

Launching an investigation to find the real killer and clear her brother, Monica discovers there was no love lost between the victim and those closest to her. From the dead woman’s husband, a calculating politician with his sights set on more lucrative pastures, to the timid cameraperson she repeatedly bullied, there’s no shortage of suspects or motives. And when Monica unearths a compromising secret that turns the spotlight on one of them, she suddenly realizes the solution has been staring her in the face. As she closes in on the killer, she’ll need sharp wits and steely nerves to avoid taking her final bow . . .

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  1. Sounds like a treat.
    But white chocolate? To me that is not chocolate.
    I can see using proper chocolate instead.

    1. I would have agreed with you before I tried these!

  2. White chocolate cranberry cookies are my husband's favorite! Orange goes great with cranberry, so definitely need to try this version.