Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies are sure to be a new favorite! Chewy and delicious sugar cookies get a boost from the addition of cranberry and orange. Perfect for holiday gifts, cookie exchanges, or a treat any time of year!  Make sure to try these Cranberry Orange Muffins and this Cranberry Orange Bread too!

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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Chewy and delicious sugar cookies get a flavor boost in this recipe for Cranberry Orange Cookies!

A good cookie can be just the perfect treat!  Simple, portable, great for sharing… cookies are little disks of happiness!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

These Cranberry Orange Cookies were inspired by classic holiday flavors and would be perfect as holiday gifts, or for a cookie exchange.

My girls and I enjoyed these as an afternoon snack, and packaged up a few extras as “sweet” gifts. I shared a quick photo of one of the packages on my Instagram account. (P.S.  Following me on Instagram is a great way to keep up with my latest recipes, peeks behind the scenes, and fun things I find while shopping and traveling.)

These cookies are a no chill cookie dough recipe meaning that as soon as you have the dough mixed, they are ready to bake!

These cookies are chewy, buttery have a subtle orange flavor. Packed with sweet-tart cranberries they are simply delicious!

cookie broken in half sitting in front of stack of cookies on a wood board

What You’ll Need to Make Cranberry Orange Cookies

These cookies get amazing flavor thanks to the fresh orange juice and zest. You can really boost the orange flavor with a little orange extract as well. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:

  • all purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • orange zest
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • orange extract – optional
  • fresh orange juice
  • sweetened dried cranberries 

How To Make Cranberry Orange Cookies

These cookies take  just minutes to pull together and then they’re ready to pop in the oven. Let’s take a look at how easy they are to make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat type baking mats.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter until smooth. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar and blend until fully incorporated.
  4. Add orange zest, egg, vanilla, orange extract and orange juice and blend until fully combined.
  5. Slowly add in dry ingredients. Add cranberries. Mix just until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated. 
  6. Bake cookies 8-9 minutes or until cookies are set around the edges and slightly puffy.
  7. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

I usually like to press down the balls of dough just a bit with the bottom of a glass (dipped in sugar to prevent sticking) for slightly flatter, chewier cookies.

Variations To Try

If you wanted to get fancy, you could certainly add a little drizzle of white chocolate, or a simple powdered sugar and orange juice glaze.

These are quite delicious as is, and I’m sure I’ll be making them again as the holiday season approaches.  They’d be a nice compliment to a cookie tray along with a couple of my other favorites, Hot Cocoa Cookies and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies.

Cranberry Orange Cookies Recipe - Perfect for holiday gifts and cookie exchanges!

top down view of cranberry orange cookies with dried cranberries scattered around

More Cookie Recipes

  1. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. Sugar Cookies
  3. Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe
  4. Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
  5. Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Happy baking!

How to Make Cranberry Orange Cookies

cranberry orange cookies stacked on a wood board

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Chewy and delicious sugar cookies get a boast from the addition of cranberry and orange. Perfect for holiday gifts, cookie exchanges, or a treat any time of year!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 184 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons orange zest 1 large orange
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract optional
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries roughly chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350*F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat type baking mats.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar and blend until fully incorporated.
  • 4Add orange zest, egg, vanilla, orange extract and orange juice and blend until fully combined.
  • While mixing on low, slowly pour in the bowl of dry ingredients. Add cranberries.
  • Mix just until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Use a 2 Tablespoon sized cookie scoop to scoop dough. I usually like to press down the balls of dough just a bit with the bottom of a glass (dipped in sugar to prevent sticking) for slightly flatter, chewier cookies.
  • Bake cookies 8-9 minutes or until cookies are set around the edges and slightly puffy. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 107mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 249IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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Originally published October 23, 2015.

12 comments

  1. These cookies Are absolutely delicious! I do add a little more orange zest and a little more orange extract to the recipe!  You and your guests will not be disappointed !!!!

  2. These cookies are absolutely delish!!!! I added a bit more orange extract. 

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