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Orange Cranberry Frosted Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Chilling Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
These delicious orange cranberry flavored cookies and soft and tender with a delicious citrus glaze on top.
Course: Desserts/Sweets
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Holiday Favorites
Servings: 28 cookies
Calories: 170 kcal
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • Zest from 2 oranges chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
Orange Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 3 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Fine strips of zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup chopped dried cranberries
  1. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer in a second bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. And the egg, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low just until combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the chopped cranberries and then chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. During the resting time, make the glaze. Whip the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the orange juice and powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Set the glaze aside.
  4. Toss the orange zest with 1 tablespoon of sugar and spread the strips out on a piece of parchment paper or paper towel to dry out.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  6. Drop 1½ tablespoons of the dough on a cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 11 to 15 minutes until lightly browned on the edges.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  8. When cookies are completely cool. Whisk the glaze again and dip the cookies into the glaze, allowing the excess to drip off. Top with a little sugared zest and dried cranberries. Let rest for at least 30 minutes to allow the glaze to set. Store in a single layer or with parchment paper in between layers of cookies. for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts
Orange Cranberry Frosted Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 170 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 74mg3%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 174IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.