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
  • 3/4 C butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp freshly grated orange peel
  • Sugar Mixture:
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange peel


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all sugar mixture ingredients in small bowl.
  • Stir until well mixed. Set aside
  • Cookies:
  • Combine 1 cup sugar, butter and egg in a bowl. Beat until creamy.
  • Reduce speed and add flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Beat until well mixed.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Beat until combined.
  • Shape cookies into one inch balls and roll in sugar mixture.
  • Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Flatten with bottom of glass to 1 1/2 inch circles
  • Bake for 7 - 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Do not over bake.
  • Cool 1 minute and remove from cookie sheet.


  1. 1
    Susan says:

    These look delicious. I also get lots of cookies, besides your blog, from Land O Lakes. Will have to try soon.

  2. 2
    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.

  3. 3
    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?

  4. 4
    Carmen says:

    Thanks for the recipe Leigh Anne. How many cookies does this recipe make?


  5. 5
    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!

  6. 6
    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!!!

  7. 7

    You take such great pictures that make your mouth water! What kind of camera and lighting do you use? I’m going to have to share and try some of these recipes.
    Caren with a “C” recently posted..The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 1

  8. 8
    Debbie from Illinois says:

    I just finished baking these, I now have a new favorite. Thanks! : )

  9. 9
    Meghan says:

    These are so yummy! I know I can always count on you for something new and delicious! Thanks so much!

  10. 10
    Valerie H. says:

    My kitchen smelled so good when baking these yummy cookies.

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