These Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies are Christmas in every bite! They’re magically delicious and a perfect treat to share with friends and neighbors this wonderful time of year!
You know how much I love baking cookies, but I love it even more when I get to bake them for a good cause, other than eating them, of course. 🙂 I was thrilled last year to be a part of the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Charity efforts (have you tried these phenomenal Peppermint Sugar Cookies yet?) and am so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers again to help raise money for this amazing purpose.
I love the holiday season for so many reasons, but the prime one being the special opportunity it provides me and my family to serve others. I’m a firm believer that getting more “stuff” doesn’t bring true joy, but seeing someone’s eyes light up when you make their day with an offering or fill a specific need…that’s what life is really all about!
As a mother, I feel a heavy responsibility to teach my kids to put others before themselves. I’m trying every day to help them to be thoughtful, generous, and kind individuals.
So when Christmas time rolls around each year, we place a special emphasis on being selfless. Something we always love to do is share goodies with friends, neighbors, and people within our community. We typically spend an entire day or two baking up a storm and putting together plates of desserts to deliver. These Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies will surely make it to the plates this time around! They are irresistible!
I encourage you, if you are able, to please join me in contributing to the Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraiser. I’ll give you a quick background on this incredible charity.
When 2-year-old Liam Witt was diagnosed with childhood cancer in 2007, his parents Larry and Gretchen were shocked to learn of the lack of effective treatments for pediatric cancers due to lack of funding. They pledged to support the funding of research for safer, more effective treatments for children battling cancer. With the help of 250 volunteers, his mom Gretchen baked and sold 96,000 cookies, raising more than $400,000 for research. Word spread, and people nationwide began asking, “How can I help?” From that giant cookie bake, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was born.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer™ has funded 100 childhood cancer research grants; resulting in…37 new treatments now in clinical trial, available to children TODAY.
Here’s how your money is put to great use:
Under the direction of the Medical Advisory Board, funds are granted to five of the nation’s leading childhood cancer research centers to find less toxic, more effective treatments. A portion of funds also goes to the Children’s Oncology Group’s Phase 1 & Pilot Consortium to match, dollar for dollar, funds granted by the Federal Government for children enrolled in clinical trials.
The orange cranberry and white chocolate flavor combo is out-of-this-world delicious! Every bite tastes like the bliss of Christmas morning while watching the children anxiously run out to see that Santa made a visit.
You are going to fall in love at bite one and forever be hooked! These are sure to become a holiday favorite cookie! One thing’s for sure…I’ll be making them on repeat!
Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
- 1/2 c. butter softened
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 1/4 c. brown sugar packed
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. orange zest very finely grated
- 1 Tbsp. fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- Scant 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 c. dried cranberries
- 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease cookie sheets or line them with nonstick baking mats.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, orange zest and orange juice.
- In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix until incorporated. Mix in cranberries and white chocolate chips.
- Scoop or form dough into 1 1/2" balls and place at least 2" apart on cookie sheets. Press additional white chocolate chips into the tops of the dough balls, if desired.
- Bake for approximately 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes before carefully removing them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Melt white chocolate and drizzle over cookies before serving.
I hope you will take full advantage of this season of giving! Whether it’s baking yummy cookies to brighten a neighbor’s day or imparting of spare change to help sick kids in need.
I wish you a very Merry Christmas!