Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone it is time to get serious about Christmas.  I got a big chunk of my shopping done on CyperMonday!  How about you?

One of my favorite holiday activities is our Annual Cookie Baking Day.  I spend a lot of time coming up with just the right menu of cookies.  Being sure flavors are balanced – can’t have all chocolate cookies.  There is always a list of our favorites like Lemon Drops and Snowballs.

Each year I always add a few new recipes to the list too.  I’ve been busy experimenting with some fun recipes to see which ones will make the Annual Cookie Baking Day list this year!  I’m going to have a hard time narrowing down the list.

Today’s recipe is one I made over a month ago and it’s been hard to wait to share it with you!


I love the combination of orange and cranberry.  Not only is it delicious in a cranberry relish but it also makes a lovely cookie!

The cookies are light and crunchy with a delicious flavor.  It has a light, sweet citrus flavor.  The orange sugar coating on the outside gives it that extra pop of orange and makes them sparkle.

They are going to look so pretty on a cookie plate!

These cookies got two thumbs up from the friends I shared them with too!  I have quite a collection of cookie cookbooks and this comes from one of my favorites – Land o Lakes Best of Baking.


Cranberry Orange Cookies
  • 1 C sugar
  • ¾ C butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 C flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ C dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated orange peel
Sugar Mixture:
  • ⅓ C sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange peel
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all sugar mixture ingredients in small bowl.
  3. Stir until well mixed. Set aside
  1. Combine 1 cup sugar, butter and egg in a bowl. Beat until creamy.
  2. Reduce speed and add flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Beat until well mixed.
  4. Add remaining ingredients. Beat until combined.
  5. Shape cookies into one inch balls and roll in sugar mixture.
  6. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Flatten with bottom of glass to 1½ inch circles
  8. Bake for 7 - 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  9. Do not over bake.
  10. Cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheet.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Brooke says

    These look fantastic!

    Side note- I am a huge fan of your blog and have your blog on my Google reader. For some reason, none of your posts past Nov 19 are showing up on the reader. Just wanted to let you know in case there was an error on your blog.

  2. Valerie H. says

    Hi Leigh Anne,

    These cookies look so good. I will be making them. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

    I wanted to let you know that I haven’t been receiving your posts since
    about Nov. 19th like Brooke stated. Should we sign-up again?

  3. Ann says

    I’ve made these for several years now, and they are one of our favorite Christmas Cookie Swap cookies. My brother also requests these each year for our family get together. Delicious cookie!

  4. Cindy says

    They look great!!!
    Like Brooke I have not gotten your posts for over a week. Glad I looked you up! Just wanted to let you know.
    Thank you so much for all the work you put into your blog! I have missed you!!!

  5. Nikki says

    Made these today. Delicious! My children stated they taste similar to fruit loops. Highly recommended, thanks for sharing!

  6. Barbara Connelly says

    I will try these, but I am looking for receipe I lost. Orange-Cranberry slices, This is my grandsons favorite. Can anyone help? PLEASE

  7. Jenny says

    Hi, I am going to use this recipe for my Christmas cookie party this weekend…..but do u use salted or unsalted butter?


  8. says

    I’m always looking for new Christmas Cookie recipies, and couldn’t wait to make these. They turned out exactly as pictured! The only thing different was added more orange peel. What a fantastic tasting recipe! Next time I make these Im going to drizzle a confectionary mixture mixed with Orange Juice. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Celeste says

    LOVE these cookies thank you for sharing. I posted a link to your blog on The Buzz at Allrecipes, a lot of thanks from there too :) I’m making another batch today. Merry Christmas!

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