This orange cranberry cookies recipe makes festive and flavorful cookies with a touch of extra healthiness. The orange-flavoring in the cookies comes from vitamin C-rich orange juice and rind. As well, there is an abundance of fresh cranberries in there, also rich in vitamins.
As I am working with a new-to-me oven today, I stuck to white sugar and white flour as the base for the recipe. In future, I will for sure experiment with whole wheat and/or gluten-free flour to tilt that balance towards healthiness a bit further.
This recipe makes about 45 cookies.
Orange Cranberry Cookies Ingredients
- 1 cup softened butter. I use salted butter (Lurpak). If you use unsalted butter, you should add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the dough.
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-2 teaspoons of grated orange zest
- 2-3 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups fresh cranberries, cut in halves. Drain the liquid (i.e. drink it as it is packed with vitamins)
- A handful of halved almonds.
For the icing, you’ll need
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice.
- Note: I use icing sparingly, but if you want a generous amount of icing, go a bit lavish on these measurements. Realize that a lot of icing sugar can dissolve in just a little bit of orange juice.
How to Make this Orange Cranberry Cookies Recipe
- Step 1: Preheat your oven to 190 C | 375 F . Prepare your cookie sheet by making it greasy and dusting it covered with flour.
- Step 2: Mix the butter and white sugar together in a large bowl until smooth. Add the egg, orange zest and orange juice. Next, add in the flour, baking soda and salt. And last but not least, fold in those scrumptious cranberries.
- Step 3: Roll little balls of dough in your hand, press in a halved almond and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for about 13 minutes in your preheated oven till golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on a wire rack.
- Step 4: In a cup, mix the icing sugar, orange zest and orange juice into a smooth, thick syrup. With a spoon drizzle the syrup over the cookies. Let the cookies cool completely so that the icing will set.
- Tip: Have yourself a lovely cookie before you are taking that tray with your fresh orange cranberry cookies out of the kitchen. Simply because you will not see these cookies return back. They will ALL be eaten. No many how many guests you have. Even if you have no guests and it is only your daughter sitting there alone on the sofa. Consider them ‘gone’ when that tray leaves your hands. But yes, these cookies will be enjoyed and you will vouch you will make a bigger batch next time around.
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