Cranberry Orange Cookies

cranberry orange cookies

I have always loved this time of year. The weather is crisp, people are cheerful, and I have an awesome excuse to bake all the time whether for co-workers, friends, or neighbors. These cranberry orange cookies are a go-to for me; they are sweet but tart and full of citrus flavor. They are so easy to make as well; just a few ingredients and 20 minutes of your time and you will have a delicious batch of cranberry orange cookies.

I personally love using fresh ingredients rather than extracts and flavorings. Those always seem to have an after taste. So, instead of orange essence; I use fresh orange juice and zest to really capture that citrus flavor. I also use dried cranberries because they are easier to bake with and sweeter than fresh cranberries which are naturally sour and tangy.

Cranberry and orange actually happen to be one of my favorite profiles. I absolutely love it; if you too are a fan then check out my cranberry orange biscotti recipe. I even top these cookies with a delicious and super simple orange glaze that can be used for any cookie or basic cake recipe too. If glaze isn’t your thing, feel free to keep the cookie as is or drizzle with some white chocolate! If you aren’t, I have so many other cookie recipes that you got to try like these below.

Snickerdoodle cookies

Coffee Chocolate Chip cookie

Sesame Seed Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip cookies

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies

Date cookies

Thumbprint cookies

Any of these would be delicious!

Cranberry orange Cookies

A delicious cookie highlighting the beautiful fall flavors of cranberry and orange. It is then finished off with a simple orange glaze for even more flavor!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry orange cookies, easy baking, fall cookies, Fufus Kitchen, seasonal cookies, winter cookies
Servings: 14 cookies
Author: Heifa


  • 1 Egg
  • 1 stick Room temp, unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour Add 1 more tbsp of flour is batter comes out too sticky
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Flavoring
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 tbsp Orange Zest
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

Orange Glaze

  • 2 tbsp Fresh Orange juice
  • 1/2 tbsp Orange Zest
  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Mix together the egg, both sugars, and butter until creamy.
  • To this, add the vanilla, orange juice, and zest. Mix once more.
  • Add the baking soda, salt, and flour at this point. Mix together.
  • Fold in the dried cranberries.
  • Scoop into balls. I recommend using a cookie scooper for uniform sizes.
  • Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet 2-3 inched apart.
  • Place in the fridge for 10 minutes. Then bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • While they baked, mix together the glaze ingredients. Once cookie is cooled, drizzle the glaze on top and enjoy!


If using a Kitchenaid mixer, use the paddle attachment to make this cookies and make sure to not overmix.
If not, use a rubber spatula and a large bowl to make this recipe. 
To make this gluten free, try using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF Baking flour.

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