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Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

These pretty orange cranberry white chocolate cookies are sweet, tangy, citrusy and buttery. They’re perfect for holidays, Christmas cookie exchange parties, dessert, and snacking.

I especially love how easy this recipe is to make. Instead of rolling out dough and cutting cookies, these bars are baked in one big slab and cut in simple triangles.

If you’ve ever enjoyed the seasonal Cranberry Bliss Bars at Starbucks, you will love these homemade chewy blondies bars.

Seven cranberry bars drizzled with white chocolate on a cooling rack.

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Why You’ll Love These Sweet Cookie Bars

Festive Flavors: The combination of tangy cranberries, sweet white chocolate, and citrusy orange vanilla cream cheese frosting makes these bars perfect for the holiday season and special occasions.

Easy to Make: These white chocolate cranberry cookies don’t require any special equipment, rolling, cutting, or spending too much time in the kitchen!

Eye-Catching Presentation: Spreading with the orange cream icing, topping with dried cranberries and a drizzle of white chocolate, and cutting the bars in triangles is easy to do. The finished cookies are SO pretty!

The Sweetest Season Cookie Swap

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This recipe is part of The Sweetest Season, an annual virtual cookie swap co-hosted by Erin of The Speckled Palate and Susannah of Feast + West. Each December, a group of food bloggers share new holiday cookie recipes to make and give.

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More Delicious Cookie Recipes!

I cherish cookie recipes that are easy to make, pretty, AND (most important) delicious! Here are some more favorites:

Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Coconut Almond Macaroons

Oatmeal Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Ingredients Notes

Here’s what you need to know about the ingredients for these cranberry orange white chocolate cookies:

cream cheese, butter, orange juice, white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and other ingredients.

In addition to staples like all-purpose flour and eggs, here are some notes about specific ingredients:

Unsalted butter – I like using unsalted because you have better control of the salt content in a recipe. If you only have salted butter on hand, omit the salt in the recipe.

Brown sugar – I used light brown sugar, but you can substitute dark brown sugar if that’s what you have on hand.

Fresh orange zest – An average orange yields about 1 tablespoon of zest, so you’ll need 2 oranges.

Ground ginger

2 eggs – large eggs work best in this recipe.

Orange juice

Vanilla extract

Baking powder – Make sure your baking powder is fresh for best results.

Salt – Fine table salt or sea salt dissolves best in the batter.

All purpose flour

White chocolate chips – Make sure the package says “white chocolate chips” and not “white baking chips,” which don’t contain any cocoa butter.

Chopped dried cranberries

Equipment Needed

Here’s what you’ll need to make the orange cranberry cookies recipe:

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Stand mixer with bowl or handheld electric mixer and bowl
  • A second mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Cooling rack
  • Zip-top plastic baggie

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1 | Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

STEP 2 | In a stand mixer bowl with a paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time. Beat for another minute or two until the mixture is smooth.

STEP 3 | In a separate bowl, whisk together flour with salt, ground ginger and baking powder. Add the mixture to the egg mixture in the bowl and mix just until well blended.

Combining dry and wet ingredients in a stainless bowl.
Mixing the cookie dough ingredients in a medium bowl.

STEP 4 | Add orange juice, chopped cranberries, orange zest and white chocolate chips and stir by hand to incorporate. The dough will be thick and sticky.

Dried cranberries, white chocolate chips and orange zest in cookie dough bowl.
Cookie dough in a stainless mixing bowl.

STEP 5 | Scoop the dough onto the parchment-lined baking pan and use a spatula to spread it in a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Put in the oven and bake until dough is set and edges are just starting to barely brown, about 20 minutes.

Uncooked cookie dough spread in a baking pan on parchment paper.
Baked cranberry cookie bars just out of the oven.

STEP 6 | Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

STEP 7 | To make the Orange Vanilla Cream, beat the cream cheese with orange zest, orange juice, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth, about 1 minute.

STEP 8 | Spread the cookie bar with the cream glaze and sprinkle with chopped cranberries.

The ingredients for Orange Vanilla Cream combined in a bowl.
Uncut cookie bars spread with frosting and topped with cranberries.

STEP 9 | Melt the white chocolate chips – it’s convenient to do this in the microwave in 30-second bursts (3-4 times). Scoop the chocolate into a small ziplock baggie and cut a tiny piece of the corner off. Drizzle the melted chocolate back and forth over the cookie bar. Let the chocolate set for 10-15 minutes.

STEP 10 | Cut the cookie bar into 6 squares, then cut each square on the diagonal to make triangles. Makes 12 cookies.

Uncut cranberry white chocolate bars topped with dried cranberries.
Cranberry White Chocolate Bars cut in 12 triangles.

Storage Instructions

Six cranberry cookie bars stacked on a cooling rack.

Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Flavors are best if eaten within 7 days.

Recipe Variations

Lemon Cranberry Bars – Substitute fresh lemon juice and lemon zest for the orange juice and orange zest.

Cherry Bliss Bars – Substitute dried cherries for the dried cranberries.

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Six cranberry cookie bars stacked on a cooling rack.

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Bar Cookies

Eliza Cross
This easy cranberry bars recipe features fresh orange zest, tangy dried cranberries, and a drizzle of melted white chocolate on chewy blondies bar cookies. Perfect for holidays, cookie exchanges and snacking!
5 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 371 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

For the cookie bars

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

For the Vanilla Orange Cream

  • 1 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

Garnish

  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer bowl with a paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar in a bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs one at a time. Beat for another minute or two until the mixture is smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour with salt, ground ginger and baking powder. Add the mixture to the egg mixture in the bowl and mix just until well blended.
  • Add orange juice, chopped cranberries, orange zest and white chocolate chips and stir by hand to incorporate. The dough will be thick and sticky.
  • Scoop the dough onto the parchment-lined baking pan and use a spatula to spread it in a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Put in the oven and bake until dough is set and edges are just starting to barely brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  • To make the Orange Vanilla Cream, beat the cream cheese with orange zest, orange juice, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Spread the cake with cream and sprinkle with chopped cranberries.
  • To melt the white chocolate chips, put them in a heatproof bowl and place in the microwave on High for 20 seconds. Stir, and repeat the process of heating in 20 second increments and stirring until the white chocolate is fully melted.
  • Scoop the chocolate into a small zip-top baggie and cut a tiny piece off the corner. Use the baggie like a pastry bag to drizzle the melted chocolate back and forth over the cookie bar. Let the chocolate set for about 15 minutes.
  • Cut the cookie bar into 6 squares, then cut each square on the diagonal to make triangles. Makes 12 cookies.

Notes

Storing directions: Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Quality is best if eaten within 7 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 5gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 169mgPotassium: 134mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 556IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bar cookies, cranberry bliss bars, dried cranberries, orange zest
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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites and 101 Things To Do With Bacon. She shares ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, time and money. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

23 thoughts on “Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    These are one of my favorite cookies, from one of my favorite people! Had to stop and make them right away! Now sending to my college boys because I will eat them all!!

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    • Agreed, I love the cranberry orange combination and the white chocolate is a really nice compliment. Thanks so much for your kind words!

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  2. These are so much better than those cranberry bars at Starbucks and so much better for my wallet. The flavor combo is amazing and perfect for the holidays. After I make ANOTHER batch and eat it I might think about making a batch for my neighbors 🙂

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  3. 5 stars
    I can never wait for the Cranberry Bliss Bars to make their appearance each holiday season at Starbucks and now I don’t have to! These are so tasty!!

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  4. 5 stars
    Do you know HOW EXCITED I am to know I can make these bars at home? Because my kids and I are all obsessed with these at our favorite coffee place, and these really hit the spot!

    Thanks for the amazing recipe and for participating in our cookie exchange. We are so happy to have you! Happy holidays to you and yours!

    Reply
  5. 5 stars
    These are one of my favorite cookies that signal that the holidays have started! I love getting to start the holidays whenever I’d like now!

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  6. 5 stars
    These are so much fun – like my favorite Thanksgiving cranberry sauce, which I just can’t get enough of. Thank you for being a part of The Sweetest Season this year, Eliza.

    Reply

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