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College Kitchen: Cranberry Bliss Cookies

Story by Jenna Stanbrough

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A friend sent me this recipe after she had visited my apartment and saw how much I baked. Once she saw this recipe, she wanted me to try it. So, I put it to the test for her. Although my version of these cookies certainly didn’t turn out like the picture (do they ever?), these are simply blissful. Mine came out a little too flat and I baked the second batch a little too long, but they still turned out delicious. I like this recipe because it is so versatile in that you can add any other type of dried fruit to the mix if cranberries aren’t for you.

Ingredients

For The Cookies:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

For The Frosting:

  • 1 (8 oz.) bar cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted in the microwave
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

For The Topping:

  • 1 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted in the microwave

Instructions

Cookies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt until well-blended. Set aside.
  3. Using an an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating in between to incorporate.
  5. Reduce the speed to low, and slowly add in the dry ingredients. Increase the speed to medium, and continue beating until well-combined.
  6. Fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries, and mix until just-combined.
  7. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
  8. Place dough by rounded tablespoon-fulls onto a baking sheet that has been prepared with parchment paper, at least 2.5-inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges.
  10. Remove pan, and transfer the cookies to a cooling rack until cool.
  11. Wait until cookies reach room temperature before adding frosting and toppings.

Frosting:

  1. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and melted white chocolate until combined. 12. Add in the vanilla and mix until combined
  2. Add the powdered sugar. Mix until incorporated.
  3. Spread the frosting on the cooled cookies.
  4. Immediately sprinkle the frosted cookies with the chopped dried cranberries.
  5. Use a fork to drizzle on the frosting, swishing it back and forth over the cookies.

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