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Cranberry Bliss Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD:120 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 85 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 72 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.