Sunday, December 03, 2006

Fresh Cranberry-Orange White Chocolate Cookies

Today I went to a cookie swap, the first meeting of our local Cooking Light Supper Club. It was fun. We had some tasty cookies and it was nice to meet some more people in the area. The cookies I brought were Fresh Cranberry-Orange White Chocolate Cookies, found on the CLBB.

I liked them a lot. I like the cranberry-orange combination in general, but it was nice and kind of unexpected as a cookie. I was a little bit concerned while Boyfriend and I were making them this morning because the dough seemed extremely painfully dry and crumbly. But it actually came together and worked just fine. But if you decide to make them, keep this in mind and do not panic. Anyway. These cookies are tasty and I would make them again.

Fresh Cranberry-Orange White Chocolate Cookies
Originally from One Smart Cookie cookbook, posted on CLBB

1/4 cup butter -- softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 packed cup packed brown sugar
grated zest of 1 orange
1 large egg white
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries -- coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips -- optional (1/2 to 1 cup)

Preheat oven to 350 deg.

In a large bowl, beat butter, sugars, and orange zest until light and fluffy. Add egg white, orange juice, milk and vanilla and beat until smooth.

In a small bowl combine dry ingredients. Add to the sugar mixture and stir by hand until almost combined; add cranberries and white chocolate (if using) stir just until blended. Do not overmix.

Drop spoonfuls of dough about 2" apart on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed w/ nonstick spray. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Yield: 1 1/2-2 dozen


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