Cranberry Orange Cookies

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Cranberry Orange Cookies are a delicious, sweet, and chewy dessert. This recipe is a great winter treat that is perfect for buffet tables, parties, and more!

The orange cranberry cookies with a glass of milk.

Cranberry Orange Cookies

These cranberry orange cookies are so good! This recipe is simple to make and won’t take much of your time. When you make this recipe, you won’t be able to resist trying out other cranberry desserts. These White Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies are to die for and these Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies are even better. Both of these recipes would be great along with these Orange Cranberry Cookies on a dessert buffet.


  • Butter– Use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Sugar– This sugar is always used in the best desserts.
  • Almond Extract– Use pure extract for the best flavoring.
  • Flour– Use all-purpose flour for the best results.
  • Cornstarch– Use this as a thickening agent.
  • Orange Zest– Be sure to zest before juicing.
  • Cranberries– Use finely chopped and dried cranberries for this recipe.
  • Chocolate– Use white chocolate to drizzle on top of the cookies.

How to Make Cranberry Orange Cookies

To start, set the oven to 325 degrees.

Secondly, add the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat to combine.

Combining the butter and sugar.

Thirdly, add in the almond extract.

Next, add in the flour and cornstarch in another bowl and whisk to combine.

Combining the wet and dry ingredients.

In addition, add in the orange zest and dried cranberries.

Adding the cranberries and orange zest into the batter.

Afterward, roll the dough out, about 1/4-inch thick on a floured surface.

The dough on a floured surface.

Furthermore, use a 2.5-inch cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.

Cutting out the cookies.

Finally, use parchment paper to line a cookie sheet and arrange the cookie cutouts on it.

To finish, bake for 12 minutes at 325 degrees until light brown on the edges.

Lastly, top with white chocolate using a fork when the cookies are cooled thoroughly.

Adding the white chocolate on top.

Serve and Enjoy!

A orange cranberry cookie leaning against a stack of cookies.

How to Store Orange Cookies?

Storing these orange cookies in an airtight container is your best storage method. You have the choice of keeping these cookies at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer. Keeping this recipe in the fridge or freezer will extend the shelf life greatly.

How Long do Cranberry Cookies last?

The shelf life of any recipe depends on how and where it is stored. I recommend placing this recipe in an airtight container and keeping it in the fridge or freezer. Storing this dessert at room temperature will only keep for about 4-5 days whereas in the fridge can last for about a week. The freezer is the best storage method because it will extend the shelf life to about 3 months.

The orange cranberry cookies with fresh oranges.

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The orange cranberry cookies on a serving plate.

Orange Cranberry Cookies Feature
5 from 1 vote

Orange Cranberry Cookies

Orange Cranberry Cookies are a delicious, sweet, and chewy dessert. This recipe is a great winter treat that is perfect for buffet tables, parties, and more!
Servings: 30 cookies
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes


  • 1 ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 cup dried cranberries finely chopped (craisins)
  • 2 ounces of white chocolate melted


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the almond extract.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and cornstarch.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend until incorporated.
  • Mix in the orange zest and dried cranberries.
  • Onto a well-floured surface, roll the dough out to about a ¼ inch thick. Cut out the cookies with a 2.5-inch cookie cutter.
  • Place the cookies on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake the cookies at 325 degrees for 12 minutes. (Or until just turning golden on the edges.)
  • When the cookies have cooled completely, use a fork to drizzle the white chocolate over them.

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These cookies can spread a bit when baking so leave some space between each one on the cookie sheet. If you want that smooth, rounded look for your cookies you can bake them for 10 minutes then pull them out of the oven and set the cookie cutter just carefully around the edge of a cookie and move in a circular motion to shape the cookie and smooth the edges, then return them to the oven to finish baking. Otherwise, when you bake them you will get that traditional spread look.


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  1. 5 stars
    These cookies are great. With a subtle hint of orange with the cranberries. I thought I had almond extract, but I didn’t. I used vanilla instead. They still turned out wonderful.