Cranberry White Chocolate Coconut Orange Cookies

 

Common knowledge states there are four seasons, fall, winter, spring and summer, but I disagree there are five seasons and “baking season” is my favorite. Who can resist a new recipe this time of the year? My white chocolate cranberry, orange, coconut cookies are a big favorite around the holidays. The colors are festive and the taste is divine. Nothing makes the kitchen smell better than the blending of toasted coconut and orange in a cookie baking. At this point you are probably thinking “Oh no not another hard cookie recipe, I don’t have the time or energy!” These are so easy, no rolling out or cookie cutters and they can be frozen. I love to make cookie platters for my neighbors and these are well received. So give this one a try and let me know if you like it, after all its baking season, so break out the flour, sugar and spices.

Cranberry White Chocolate Coconut Orange Cookies

  • 1 Box of Cranberry Quick Bread or Muffin Mix
  • 1 Cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • ¾ Cup Coconut, plus ¼ cup toasted coconut (toast coconut in oven)
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Dried Sweetened Cranberries
  • 1 ½  Teaspoons orange extract
  • ½ Cup Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Orange Juice
  • 2 Eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets.

In a large bowl mix bread mix, oats, untoasted coconut, cranberries and orange extract and white chocolate chips. Add oil, orange juice, and eggs to dry ingredients, mix well. Drop heaping teaspoonful 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, sprinkle toasted coconut on top half way through baking.

Remove and cool on wire rack. Makes 3 dozen.

About Michele (the Author)

Growing up in Vicksburg, MS, Michele experienced a wonderful culinary experience, from seafood to ethnic foods, Lebanese and Greek! Married to John, we have two sons who have kept me busy in the kitchen. Hence, my need for good, quick food. After taking a few cooking courses, I love the learning process with tips and recipes from friends and family members. I have contributed and help produce several cookbooks for volunteer organizations. My second love is gardening which plays into my love of cooking. Nothing is better than fresh herbs used in recipes. My favorite hobby is baking, and sampling the yummy treats, they go hand in hand. Which contributes to me still being an avid fast walker, love of the outdoors and gardening, and I still carry Sting-Kill with me everywhere!