Orange Cranberry Cookies

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These orange cranberry cookies are the ultimate Christmas cookie recipe. They are super buttery and melt in your mouth.

By now everybody knows that orange and cranberry is a powerful duo. The soft acidity of the oranges and the sweetness from the cranberries gives a great combo flavor that no one can resist.

I’m super excited about the upcoming holiday. This is my favorite time of the year and I like to get ready with all the decorations, the holiday movies, the Christmas shopping and of course the Christmas cookies recipes.

Cranberries are the ultimate Christmas fruit. Here in Portugal finding fresh cranberries can be kind of tricky. That’s why I always stock my pantry with dry cranberries that work perfectly with these orange and cranberry cookies.

The dough of these cookies is so aromatic and tasty that I just want to eat it with a spoon.

This recipe is for chewy cookies for that reason I follow my guidelines for extra chewy cookies. Basically, I just add more brown butter than white sugar to give a soft finish.

Also, the baking time is essential. Bake for 8-10 minutes in 180ºC (350ºF), until the edges start to brown. Don’t worry if the cookies look a little bit undercooked. They will cook completely with the residual heat of the baking tray. If you bake for a longer time you will get hard cookies.  This method gives you perfect chewy cookies every time.

I hope you like this recipe and … Happy Holidays!

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Orange Cranberry Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chilling time
30 mins
Total Time
20 mins
These orange cranberry cookies are the ultimate Christmas cookie recipe. They are super buttery and melt in your mouth.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange cranberry cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 orange zest
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • Condensed milk optional
  1. In a bowl stir the flour, the baking powder, and the salt.
  2. In another bowl mix— with a mixer — the butter, the white and the brown sugar, the vanilla and the orange zest. When you get a homogeneous paste, add the egg and mix well.
  3. Add the flour mix slowly and incorporate until you get the cookie dough. Toss the dry cranberries and integrate well. Let the dough chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  4. While the dough is chilling in the fridge, preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
  5. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes until the edges are light brown. Let the cookies sit on the baking tray for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a baking rack and let them chill completely.
  6. If you want glace with condensed milk.

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