Cranberry Bliss Cookies Recipe

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This delicious cookie was inspired by cranberry bars at a popular gourmet coffee shop. Every bite is loaded with cranberries, vanilla chips and macadamia nuts.—Joan Stanton, Ellensburg, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:120 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 120 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) vanilla or white chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 85 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 72mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, orange peel and extracts. Combine the flour, pudding mix, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the cranberries, chips and nuts.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 10 dozen.
Editor’s Note: Cookies may be frozen in airtight container for up to 2 months.
Originally published as Cranberry Bliss Cookies in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p125

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abplafcan User ID: 7158334 172575
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2013

"These are absolutely delicious. They're best when they come fresh out of the oven, while the edges still have a bit of a crisp- once you put them in a bag or container, they turn completely soft. The only change I made was to leave out the nuts, due to personal preference.

Also, be warned his recipe has an extremely large yield (10 dozen)! So be prepared to be in the kitchen for quite some time, swapping out batches. But at least there's plenty to go around, so give a few dozen out to family and friends. :)"

Sindaenie User ID: 3916173 126727
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"These cookies are amazing. A new favorite after we first tried them. I misplaced the recipe and was disappointed with one I tried thinking it would be similar. My only complaint is the large yield on the recipe. I need to convert it down and write it out again and make sure I keep it this time!"

medword1 User ID: 1625750 185770
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"<p>These cookies will make you roll your eyes with pleasure. My absolute favorite! I will be making these often.</p>"

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