Cookies for a good cause? No need to ask me twice. I participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap for the first time this year and it was so fun. I baked these Orange Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Cookies, packed them up, and shipped them off to old and new blogger friends. And then I received 3 boxes of cookies in return and it was such a fun surprise to see who I got and sample some delicious cookies (let me just say, I scored in the cookie department). I will make this a part of my holiday traditions. And even better? We raised a considerable amount of money and made a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
I chose this cookie after seeing it on Pinterest from Your Home Based Mom. Since they were being shipped, I knew that I needed to pick something that was sturdy and would last in the mail. These were really delicious and I loved the orange sugar they were rolled in. I use sanding sugar because I like the extra crunch, but regular sugar will work just fine.
- 1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
- 2 Tablespoons freshly grated orange peel
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup sanding sugar
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
Cream together butter, orange peel, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix until combined.
Add cranberries, pistachios, and white chocolate chips. Mix until just combined.
Mix together sanding sugar and orange zest in a small bowl. Rub the zest into the sugar to release the oils. Set aside.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into balls, about 1 Tablespoon each. Roll in orange sugar. Press with the bottom of a glass.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 to 11 minutes, being careful to not over bake. Cool for one minute and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
I wrapped my cookies in cute plastic bags and shipping tubes that I bought at the craft store. I tied a cute ribbon and called it good.