cranberry cookies recipe

Cranberry Orange Cookies

Processing the cranberries with part of the sugar and the orange zest helps to distribute the flavor evenly throughout the dough.
3 hours 30 minutes
10 minutes
4 hours
cranberry cookies recipe
  • 3/4 cups Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  •  Grated Zest of 1 Orange
  • 1 cup Unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Juice
Process in food processor until finely ground, about 20 seconds:
Dried cranberries

Add and pulse to blend, about 20 pulses:
Orange zest

Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes:
Unsalted butter, softened

Add and beat until completely incorporated:

Whisk together, then add and beat in:
All purpose flour
Baking powder

Add and beat until just incorporated:
Orange juice

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 3 to 4 hours before rolling. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4 inch thickness and cut, then transfer cookies onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone liners. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly colored. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. If desired, frost with Orange Icing, below.

Orange Icing
Melt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter and blend with 2 tablespoons orange juice. Stir into 3 cups confectioners' sugar until completely smooth. Tint frosting with orange food coloring, if desired, and spread on cookies.

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Aug 29, 2021  |  By Nicole Heisler
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Would decorating with royal icing work like a regular sugar cookie? Sounds marvelous!