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Cranberry Orange Cookies

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These cranberry orange cookies are the perfect treat to enjoy! This chewy and crunchy cookie recipe is studded with dried cranberries and orange zest, and rolled in orange sugar before baking. They are a fall and holiday baking favorite!

two cranberry orange cookies
These cookies really need to be on your cookie tray this Christmas! Technically, I posted these last year, but I accidentally ate them all before I could take one photo. Opps…
So, it was only completely necessary that I make them again this year, and early to boot, so I could share them with you – and with pictures this time! I love how sandy and crumbly these cookies are. Plus orange + cranberry is always a win in my book!
We’re still trying to survive the mega 3 week cold of nastiness over here. And with Joel still working nights (only one more week…onlyonemoreweek) and Ladybug still really wanting to run through the house screaming, and the fact that it is still raining…well, we needed some cookies.
rolling cookie in orange sugar

Cranberry and Orange Cookies

These cookies are a great fall baking recipe! Crispy and Chewy, and studded with the great flavor combination of orange and cranberry. These cranberry orange cookies are crisp on the edges and tender in the center,

Tips to make these cookies great:

  • To prevent the cranberries from sticking to your knife when chopping, spray your knife with non-stick cooking spray.
  • To make the process easier and less sticky, shape all the dough into balls first, and then roll in the orange sugar.
cranberry orange cookies on baking sheet before baking

 

Variations on Cranberry Orange Cookies:

  • You can easily add 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios or walnuts.
  • Add 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips for a fun touch.

Can you freeze cookie dough?

This cookie dough freezes well, so you can make it ahead of time and have it ready in your freezer!
toddler sneaking baked cookie off of counter
Don’t ask about that thing in my daughter’s mouth.
I swear, we were so close to getting rid of it, and now she constantly has it!

 

These cranberry orange cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie platter!

What cookies are you planning on making for Christmas this year?

Try these other perfect cookie recipes:

  • Sea Salt and Thyme Chocolate Chip CookiesThe thyme gives a very very subtle earthiness to the cookies, and the sea salt is just perfect with the chocolate chips! They taste good straight out of the oven, but if you can wait a day or two, the thyme really starts to come through.
  • Chocolate Chip Potato Chip CookiesThese fun cookies are firm but soft, with a fantastic sweet/salty combination!
  • Toasted Coconut Shortbread with Pineapple Cream – Delicate and sandy shortbread cookies topped with a refreshing and cool pineapple cream.
  • Iced Lemon Lavender CookiesThese delicate Lemon Lavender Cookies are the perfect cookie for tea time! With a delicate crumb and a lovely lemon and lavender icing, these cookies are perfect for a spring celebration.

 

 

Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies

These cranberry orange cookies are the perfect treat to enjoy! This chewy cookie recipe is studded with dried cranberries and orange zest, and rolled in orange sugar before baking. They are a fall and holiday baking favorite!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes

Ingredients

Cranberry Orange Cookies:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBSP orange zest

Orange Sugar:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 tsp orange zest. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. In a large bowl beat the remaining sugar, butter and egg until creamy.
  5. Slowly add in the dry ingredients, until just barely combined.
  6. Add in the cranberries and orange zest and mix.
  7. Shape the dough into 1" balls, roll in the orange-sugar, and place on cookie sheet.
  8. Use a glass to just barely flatten.
  9. Bake 7-11 minutes, until just barely done.
  10. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing them - this allow them to be properly baked without getting too dark.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

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Cakelaw

Wednesday 31st of October 2012

These would be perfect as Christmas cookies - delish.

Ness [Six One and Then Some]

Monday 12th of December 2011

Ooh, they look tasty! I'm going to make cranberry and pistachio ones this weekend and I can't decide what essence to use to balance it. But orange zest might be the go...

Amy

Friday 9th of December 2011

Cranberries and orange go so well together - looks like a great festive cookie!

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