Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cranberry Bliss Cookies Recipe

Cranberry Bliss Cookies

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
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt until well-blended. Set aside.
Using an an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, beating in between to incorporate. Then reduce the speed to low, and slowly add in the dry ingredients. Increase the speed to medium, and continue beating until well-combined. Fold in the white chocolate chips and cranberries, and mix until just-combined. (Do not overmix.)
Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour. Then place dough by rounded tablespoon-fulls onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden around the edge.  Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack until cool.  Wait until cookies reach room temperature before adding frosting and toppings.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the cream cheese and melted white chocolate until combined.  Add in the vanilla and mix until combined. Then reduce speed to low and add the powdered sugar. Mix until incorporated and smooth.  Spread the frosting on the cooled cookies. Then immediately sprinkle the frosted cookies with the chopped dried cranberries and use a fork to drizzle on the topping, swishing it back and forth over the cookies. Store in the fridge.

These cookies were very delicious and a different kind of alternative of the Cranberry Bliss Bars.  Next I want to try to make the actual bars, as I've never made them before.

Have a wonderful day!!