Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies and a Christmas Cookie Exchange

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies from Barbara Bakes

A rich, chewy orange flavored dough studded with tart dried cranberries with a sweet, creamy white chocolate square hiding inside.

Today’s post is part of a virtual cookie exchange. I’ve teamed up with a talented group of bloggers to bring you a roundup of luscious Christmas cookies. My contribution, these Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies, should be on everyone’s cookie list this year. My family loved them!

Christmas Cookie Exchange

These cookies are super easy to make. Just use a Size 40 scoop to portion out one tablespoon of cookie dough. Roll the dough in to a ball, then flatten it between the palms of your hands. Top the flatten dough with a white chocolate square and a pinch of cookie dough. Then push the dough up over the sides of the chocolate to hide the chocolate inside the cookie dough.

I used Dove white chocolate Promises which have a creamy white chocolate center, but you could use any white chocolate your prefer.

How to make Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies

Free ebook! 

This is the second year I’ve participated in the virtual cookie exchange. Liz, Hoosier Homemade, put together an ebook with all the Christmas cookies from last year’s exchange, and I am giving away a copy of it to everyone that is subscribed to Barbara Bakes by email and asks for a copy. If you’d like a copy, leave a comment on this post letting me know you’d like a copy of the ebook and that you are an email subscriber.

Orange Cranberry Cookies Stuffed with Creamy White Dove Chocolate

And when you’re having cookies, you’re going to want a tall glass of cold milk –

Cookies for Santa’s Milk Drive

Did you know milk is one of the most requested items by food bank, but it’s rarely donated?

This year I’m participating in the Cookies for Santa Milk drive and you can too. To donate online and send milk to your local food bank, just go to the website, type in your zip code, and the donation will be distributed to a food bank in your area.

It’s an easy way to make a difference in your community!

Cranberry White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 24 white chocolate Dove promises

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.

In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the egg, orange zest, and vanilla, and beat until well blended. Add flour mixture and mix just until blended. Stir in dried cranberries. Cover dough and chill 30 minutes.

For each cookie, roll 1 tablespoon dough in to a ball then flatten between your palms. Place 1 white chocolate in the center of the dough. Add a little piece of dough on top of the chocolate and bring the edges up around the chocolate. Shape back into a ball completely covering the chocolate in the middle.

Place dough 2 inches apart on ungreased, or parchment lined cookie sheets.

Bake 12 to 14 minutes, until edges are set and golden brown, but the center is still soft. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Here’s the links to the other fabulous cookie recipes from some of your favorite bloggers:

Christmas Cookie Exchange 2014

Happy Holidays!