Easy Cranberry and

White Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 2 ½ Dozen Cookies

1 Package Butter Cake Mix

1 Stick Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature

1 8oz. Package Cream Cheese, Room Temperature

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 Tablespoons Seville Orange Peel

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Sea Salt

2 Tablespoons Ground Pink Peppercorns

1 Cup Dried Cranberries

3/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts

3/4 Cup White Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Coconut (Optional)

We developed this recipe after experiencing huge success with our Easy Black Forest Cookie. At the time, we were mildly embarrassed by how easy those cookies were, but when we started receiving rave reviews on those beauties, we decided to try a ‘blond’ version. These turned out to be every bit as delicious – decadent really, especially when we added the coconut – so  we felt we should share the recipe with you. After all, every home chef needs to have a few tricks up his or her sleeve. This is one of them!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.  Using an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, blend together cake mix, butter, cream cheese, extract, and orange peel.  Add cranberries, walnuts, white chocolate chips, and coconut (if using). Mix together until dough has formed.


Chill cookie dough for about 30 minutes.  Form dough into 1 ½” inch balls, roll in vanilla bean sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet.  Bake on middle rack of oven for 10-13 minutes until done. Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes.  Move cookies to baking rack to cool completely before serving.

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
Click on images below to learn more about seasonings in this recipe
Orange Peel
Used by Scandinavian
chefs as a seasoning for
game and poultry dishes, sauces, wines and liqueurs, our Seville Orange Peel is a must-have for any adventurous Home Chef. Use as the Scandinavians do, and add it to breads, cakes, cookies, too. 
Seville Orange Peel from MorningStar Kitchen
Vanilla Bean
Sea Salt

Sweet, yet salty, our Vanilla

Bean Sea Salt makes a rich and

flavorful addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Try a little on chicken, vegetables, or salads. Use it as a finishing salt to create an extra layer of flavor in breads, pastries – even cocktails!

Vanilla Bean Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
Pink Peppercorns
While they have a fresh,
peppery flavor, pink
peppercorns are not pepper.
They are the fruit of a Brazilian tree that is part of the cashew/mango family. Their sweet, mild flavor works well in delicate sauces, as well as in seafood and poultry dishes. Crush with a mortar and pestle. 
Pink Peppercorns from MorningStar Kitchen