Orange Cranberry Cookies Recipe

Jamie Lothridge | My Baking Addiction

Orange cranberry cookies make a sweet treat with plenty of bright flavor for Winter. Put them on your cookie tray, stat!

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Guys, there are less than two weeks until Thanksgiving which means two things – 1. I’m ready to get my holiday cookie baking on and 2. I better get my Christmas shopping list in check.

Although I’ve definitely gone shopping on Black Friday, it’s so not my thing. I pretty much loathe crowds, long lines and waking up at ridiculous o’clock to get a $5 fuzzy blanket from Kohls. Because if I’m being honest, that’s pretty much all I’ve ever purchased – well, aside from a cheeseburger for breakfast at Bob Evans. Did you know you can totally do that?

I prefer to shop from my couch, in my pajamas. No pressure, lines, or crowds - although I might just miss that fuzzy blanket and gooey breakfast burger.

This year is our daughter’s first Christmas and we couldn’t be more excited. She absolutely loves to shred paper, (Santa’s bringing lots of board books) so we think she’ll be a natural at gift unwrapping.

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Although I’m definitely not into shopping with the masses, I am into baking cookies and lots of them. And first up on my must-make cookie list are these glazed orange cranberry cookies made with loads of orange zest and fresh cranberries.

I am a big fan of the sweet and tart combination of orange and fresh cranberries. From cranberry orange scones to homemade cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier (yes, I totally went there), I’m craving this vibrant duo all winter long.  And let me tell ya, these cookies are no exception.

They’re the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving spread and I’m 100% certain Santa will be filling your stocking with extra goodies if you leave him a plate of these on Christmas Eve.

Are you ready to get your holiday baking on? Be sure to check out these pumpkin white chocolate chip cookies and these pumpkin spice toffee cookies here on Food Fanatic from yours truly.

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Orange Cranberry Cookies Recipe

      30 Servings


  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
  • Orange Zest, from one large orange
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Cranberries, chopped (Fresh)
For the Glaze:
  • 3 tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar


For the Cookies:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter on medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine sugars and orange zest, mixing with your fingertips until incorporated. Add the sugar mixture to the butter and beat for an additional 2-3 minutes; the mixture will become light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg, vanilla and orange juice and mix until combined. 
  5. Add the dry ingredients slowly, in increments, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Carefully fold in the fresh, chopped cranberries by hand.
  7. Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
  8. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  9. Using a medium cookie scoop, (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) drop dough onto prepared cookie sheets at least two inches apart.
  10. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for about 3 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Glaze:

  1. Once the cookies have cooled, prepare the glaze.  In a small bowl, whisk together the orange juice and confectioners' sugar until smooth.
  2. Spread or drizzle the glaze over the tops of cooled cookies. Let stand until set.
  3. If you prefer a thicker glaze, add in a little more confectioners’ sugar until you reach the desired consistency. 


Source: Adapted from allrecipes.
Adapted from allrecipes.
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Author: Jamie Lothridge
Source: Adapted from allrecipes.
Recipe Yields: about 30 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 94 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cookie
Servings Per Recipe 30

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 51
Calories 162

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
  Saturated Fat 4g
Sodium 65mg
Total Carbohydrate 19g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 16g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Jamie Lothridge

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Jamie has an addiction to all things baking, as you'd guess from her blog, My Baking Addiction. She creates all things cookies just for us Food Fanatics, though.

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